Monday, 13 April 2015

Hoopoe at Polgigga, Cornwall

I photographed this bird at St Levan cricket field, Polgigga yesterday.  On Saturday there were three together here.  The national movement of Hoopoe's started on Wednesday 8th April with seven birds, mainly in the South West.  This had increased to a minimum of 23 on the 9th and 32 on the 10th, with at least 11 in County Cork, nine in Scilly and at least five in Cornwall.  Others undoubtedly go unreported in private gardens.


Thursday, 9 April 2015

Hoopoe at Porthgwarra 8th April

Mark Wallace found this Hoopoe near the stone wall yesterday at Porthgwarra.  I went down in the evening after work and connected with it much further over towards the far pond.  There was a decent amount of migration happening as well with 25 + Northern Wheatears, fem Ring Ouzel plus two more Ring Ouzels at nearby Polgigga.  A friend of mine also saw another Hoopoe yesterday at Mylor Creek.  

The images were all taken with Nikon D800e and 500mm F4 lens plus 1.4x TC.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Long-tailed Duck at Swanpool

This Long-tailed Duck has spent the whole winter at Swanpool.  I've seen it several times but its always been distant.  This morning in appalling conditions, I managed to get some better views though this bird seems destined to remain difficult!  The kit used was a Nikon D800e with 500mm F4.  The white spots in the background are not grain but drizzle caught in the high shutter speed.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Male Garganey at Swanpool today

I checked out Swanpool today and was pleased to find a drake Garganey feeding near the reed bed end of the pool.  It was very close and uncharacteristically tame.  In addition, the female Long-tailed Duck was also there and approaching summer plumage.

Adult Greenshank at Point today

I took both these images in virtually the same place; the upper one today and the lower one eleven months ago.  Perhaps the same bird as there has been a single Greenshank here all winter.  Who knows.  Anyway, Greenshank always make a decent subject to photo and Point is one of the easiest places to photo them.