Catching oysters on a cold winters day

Posted on February 3, 2018


In a gap between downpours, on a cold winters day, I took advantage of a super low tide and walked from Main beach here in Woolacombe to Grunta beach without getting my feet wet (waterproof shoes). As a consequence of the super moon, the tide drains out to near zero allowing us walkers to pass Shellsborough, climb over the sewer pipe, Barricane and Combesgate become one and we then nip round the rocks to that most wonderfully secret & iconic beaches; Grunta. I strolled with the Fuji XT-2 fitted with the 100-400 f4.5-5.6 OIS, concious of an upcoming trip to Lundy; the aim was to practise my seabird (albatross) identification and hone my birding shooting technique (settings below). So here goes..

Winter Woolacombe

As you may well be aware there is no such thing as a ‘seagul’ , there are at least 21 species of gul that visit these Islands (not including Shearwaters and Petrels), and this is the one usually described as a seagul, or sky rat, the pest of the west; the Herring Gul.

Black-headed Gul, winter plumage.

Immature Common Gul

Oyster Catcher (not a gul).

They eat the muscles, n’stuff.

and cheer up a grey day in a zebra type way…..

Black & white n’orange.

Against the cold slate of Morthoe,


Postscript: Jellyfish corpse.


For those interested:

I set the focus area to the middle 25 points.

Focus mode: Zone. CH high speed burst 8fps. AF-C : Set 2. (Ignore obstacles & continue to track subject).

Battery pack set to Boost.

JPEG setting; Velvia.

Most of these pix are jpegs straight outa the camera, some went into photoshop others were RAW processed via SILKYPIX (free from Fuji).

If you click on the pix you can make them bigger, best viewed on anything that is not a telephone, ie 1200 x 800 screen.

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