Monday, 1 September 2014

Little Stint and Dunlin at Hayle

I went to Hayle Estuary on Sunday to check out some waders.  There were very few to look at though among the dozen or so Dunlins was a juv Little Stint.

Lesser Yellowlegs at Croft Pascoe, Lizard

The pond at Croft Pascoe is looking particularly attractive at the moment with low water levels exposing a decent amount of mud and shallow water.  Additionally, a new scrape has been created which clearly has an attraction to waders.  A Wood Sandpiper plus a few Common Snipe were also present.  I photographed the Lesser Yellowlegs from the road as it fed fairly close.  This is the first reported vagrant from the States for the season and I'm assuming Croft Pascoe will attract a few more soon.

Taken with Nikon D4s and 500mm F4.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Unprecedented numbers of terns at Hayle Estuary

Yesterday at Hayle there were in excess of 2000 terns, the majority being Common Tern.  We also saw 16 Black Tern, 3 Roseate Tern, a few Arctics and Sandwich plus a handful of Little Tern.  These numbers are unprecedented.  In 40 years of birding in Cornwall, I have never seen such numbers.  To see all six British terns in one evening is also an event.  The weather played a part but also St Ives Bay is good for sand eel at the moment so I'm guessing that the feeding environment is good.

Below are some of the images I took last night:

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Silver-washed Fritillary at Breney Reserve

Last Sunday I found two Silver-washed Fritillary's at Breney Reserve near Helman Tor.  They were both in mint fresh condition.  I have never seen them here before.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Dragonflies in Cyprus in June

I took these images of some dragonflies whilst birding in the Akamas area of Cyprus.

They were all taken with 70-200 F/2,8 plus 2x Teleconverter.  The closest focus on this set up is about three feet, which is perfect for insects.

Female Keeled Skimmer

Male Keeled Skimmer

Female Red-veined Dropwing

Scarlet Darter