High tide at Hilbre was at 0924 BST on Friday which meant that it was safe to be out on the sands all afternoon – and everyone was. There were streams of people heading to and from the islands. Some were obviously families enjoying the sun, but there were quite a few in wellies, and with big cameras, who were presumably watching the birds.
I followed the safe route, round the back of Little Eye, then over Middle Eye where I lingered to see what wildlife I could find. Most obvious was the seaweed which covered all of the rocks. I have no idea what this wierd thing is:
I also saw a few of these little fellas which I think are Sandpipers. When they’re standing still they’re difficult to spot.
More than anything, these islands demonstrate the power of the sea. At the northern end of the main island, near the old slipway, I sat down and finished my picnic. As I looked out to sea, daydreaming, I suddenly saw the splash of a seal in the water so I spent the next half an hour trying to get a decent photo. There were three of them and I could see them clearly with my monocular …. but not so well with my camera, I’m afraid.By the time I’d decided that wildlife photography was a skill I don’t have, most people had headed back to the mainland and I wandered back too. Total distance walked today: approx 18 miles. Total height gained: Not very much at all.