Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Passage migrant waders through Cornwall in the last couple weeks

Below is a selection of waders taken recently, all in the Truro, Hayle, Lizard and Marazion areas.

Dunlin at Marazion Beach

Lesser Yellowlegs at Croft Pascoe pool

Little Stint at Carnsew Pool

Little Stint at Marazion Beach

Little Stint at Marazion Beach

Pectoral Sandpiper at Marazion Marsh

Juv Ringed Plover at Hayle Estuary

Sanderling at Marazion

Black-tailed Godwit at St Clement, Truro

Monday, 15 September 2014

First year Pectoral Sandpiper at Marazion Marsh

Pectoral Sandpiper has been fairly poorly represented in Cornwall this Autumn (so far). The one that has been present for over a week has been decidedly shy.  Only yesterday did I get anything like a decent view.  The species is not normally shy but this bird has been quite nervy and retiring, frequently adopting alert postures.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Curlew Sandpiper image from the past

With all the new software available these days, it paid to take all my old images in RAW format.  I was trawling through some files and came across this one.  I gave it some minor treatment in Capture NX2's latest update and this was the result!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Recent Dunlin images with Nikon D4s

Below are some juv Dunlin images taken in the last couple weeks at Carnsew Pool and Tresemple Pool.  They are taken with the Nikon D4s and 500mm F4, coupled up to the new 1.4x mk3 teleconverter.  The D4s is the most advanced camera Nikon have made to date.  I'm well used to using Nikon kit but this camera is a like an untamed stallion.  I'm taking a while to master it.  In particular the exposure is incredibly sensitive to perfect.  The 11 shot per second burst is nice though, as is the new spot focus system.

The spot focus on the eye is uber-accurate.

A flock of Dunlin at last light with nice reflections.  The spot focus locked on and didn't let go.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Black-tailed Godwit at St Clement, Truro

This single juv Black-tailed Godwit was showing well at St Clement yesterday evening.  The sun was quite low so gave a nice warm glow to the bird.  In addition, I saw 141 Redshank, 11 Greenshank and about twenty Dunlin, all roosting at the back of Tresemple Pool.