Monday, 8 February 2016

Adult Glossy Ibis at Long Rock, Cornwall

The adult Glossy Ibis behind Long Rock pool in the soggy field was present for its sixth day on Sunday 7th Feb. I managed to see it in good light yesterday morning at close range, viewable from the road. This is probably the most unconcerned Glossy Ibis I have seen. Glossy Ibis occurrences are now annual in the county with appearances becoming more frequent.

Nikon D800e, 500mm F4G, ISO 1600, F16, 1/1000s, WB Cloudy. Original file size 43.8 MB.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Nuthatch and Kingfisher on the Lizard today

I was pleased with some images taken today at a friends farm on the Lizard.  Despite the appalling weather and poor light, the Nikon D810 still managed to deal with things at 5000 ISO!

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Ross's Gull at the Lizard, Cornwall

I managed to see the adult Ross's Gull today at the Lizard, albeit distantly some 300 metres out at sea.  It was found by Tony Blunden on Saturday 2nd Jan.  
Its the 8th record for Cornwall.  The last record in Cornwall was way back in 2002 when two adults were recorded, at Torpoint on the 15th Feb and at Sennen on 19th Feb.  The first was at St Ives in 1977, then Poldhu 1988, Newlyn 1989, Lynher 1996 and Maenporth/Swanpool 1998.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Fave images from 2015

Black Skimmer, Cape May beach, September 2015, after several hundred shots to get a pair together skimming!
Adult male Common Yellowthroat, Cape May, New Jersey September.
Common Pauraque on the nest, Estero Grande, Texas in May this year.
Common Nighthawk, Texas in May this year.
Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Bentsen SP Texas in May.
Adult Stilt Sandpiper at Port Aransas, Texas in May.  We saw hundreds of them at this wader hotspot.
Snow Bunting at St Gothians, Cornwall in January.
Hudsonian Whimbrel at Little London beach, Marazion. A first for Cornwall and tick for me as well.
Ring Ouzels at Buttermilk Hill. I saw a maximum of 22 in flock in April here.
Meadow Pipit in late evening sunshine in April on the Lizard.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Recent images from round the county in December

Fem Black Redstart, Penzance
Male Black Redstart, Penzance

Goldfinch, Ryan's Field Hayle

Great Northern Divers in boat reflection, Newlyn

Great Northern Diver, Newlyn

Purple Sandpiper, Battery Rocks, Penzance

Turnstone, Battery Rocks

Yellow-browed Warbler, Ryans Field Hayle.
All taken with Nikon D4s, 500mm VR F4 and 1.4x Teleconverter. Despite the appalling light that we are getting at the moment, I did manage to get these shots on the rare occasion when there was some sun!