Monday, 16 February 2015

1W Ring-billed Gull at Swanpool

Photographed at Swanpool Sunday afternoon 15th Feb.

Little Bunting at Gulval, Cornwall

This Little Bunting was found feeding in some set-aside between Gulval and Ludgvan.  It was originally found by Paul St.Pierre of the RSPB whilst out checking set-aside sites.  The bird remained faithful to a small corner of the field and stayed low for long periods.  Images taken with a Nikon D800e body and 500mm F4 lens.

Monday, 19 January 2015

First year male and female Snow Buntings at St Gothians

This pair of first year birds were showing well on Sunday on the rock piles near the sand embankment.  I just struck it lucky with superb light yesterday morning.  Images taken with a used Nikon D800e body and 500mm F4.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

First year male Scaups at Swanpool, Cornwall

These two Scaup have been showing well at Swanpool for the last couple weeks.  They prefer to stay at the Swanvale end of the pool near the reeds.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Female Desert Wheatear at Porthgwarra

This female Desert Wheatear was found by Mark Wallace on Wednesday on the cliff near the coastwatch.  It was confiding today as it fed on the grass turf and among the granite boulders.  This is the fourth record for Porthgwarra.  The first was a male way back in November 1984 on the Porthgwarra moor.  I remember that one clearly as I dragged my wife across the moor with me.  No problem with that, I hear you say? She was five months pregnant!  This is the 9th record for Cornwall.

Previous records:

1984. Male. Porthgwarra. 17th-24th Nov.
1988. Female. Sennen Cove. 5th Nov.
1994. First winter female. Torpoint.  28th Nov - 16th Dec. This bird was then relocated at St Gothian Sands, Gwithian from 21st Dec to 20th Mar 1995.
1997. Female.  Loe Bar.  28th Nov - 3rd Dec.
1997. One at Hannafore, Looe 3rd-12th Dec.
2007. Female.  Land's End. 17th Oct.
2011. Male. Porthgwarra. 6th Nov.  Found the next morning (7th) but it relocated to Nanjizal in the afternoon.
2011 Female. Porthgwarra 19th November, but only reported on 21st Nov.