These shots were taken late this afternoon with some members of the CWT photography group. This bird was unusually close and seen from the road overlooking the marsh.
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Today saw temperatures drop to minus 6.5 degrees. I managed to take this shot from Crowdy Reservoir looking towards the Cornish "peaks" of Rough Tor and Brown Willy. Large parts of the UK experienced heavy snow and blizzards this weekend. The conditions are rare though in Cornwall at this time of year.
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Thursday, 18 November 2010
I took this image of the American Robin today at Turf, Devon. After an hour's wait it eventually flew out of the large berry bush on the canal bank and settled for five minutes out in the open beside the field. Sadly it was just too far away for frame fillers but still a pleasing bird to see.
This was my best shot against a bright sky. For the techies, the exposure was raised to +2 full stops. This is my third record, with one on Scilly in 1976 and of course the Gwithian bird (later taken by a Sparrowhawk).
I'm sure Devon birders will correct me if wrong, but this is the fifth record for Devon, the last being way back in 1982 on Lundy Island. The first for Devon was also on Lundy in October 1952 and this bird was the first for Britain.
American Robin is widely distributed throughout North America and Canada, wintering from Florida to central Mexico and along the Pacific Coast.
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Below are six excellent entries into a photo competition where the winner will receive a Nikon camera rucksack worth £90. Last voting date is 30th November. Please cast your vote in the Poll on the top left side of this blog.
|1. Sandwich Tern at Marazion Beach, by Sam Williams.|
|2. Red Kite by Anthony Miners|
|3. Fledgling Buzzards near Wadebridge, by Edward Treverton.|
|4. Lapwing resting at Hayle Estuary, by John Richards.|
|5. Swallow taking a dip at Heligan Gardens, by Lesley Mitchell.|
|6. Wilson's Petrel off Scilly from the Sapphire Pelagic, by Joe Pender.|
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
These distant shots were taken today from the Col. Ryves hide at Walmsley. Adrian Langdon observed that it flew in from the Camel Estuary end of the sanctuary at first light and landed somewhere in the vast juncus and flag iris beds. It took some two hours to locate it as it fed in the gulleys. These shots were taken about 100 m away from the bird. It did approach closer though to the main hide at midday.
There are now eight mainland Cornwall records; the Trewey and Walmsley records refer to the same individual, based on photos showing S1 flight feather not being fully grown. (per birdforum thread). The last UK record was the 1999 bird at Walmsley and prior to that was the well twitched bird at Marton Mere in Lancashire in 1991. American Bittern has therefore become a very rare vagrant and this is linked with its' general decline in numbers in its' breeding range.
1871 One killed at Woodhill, Liskeard.
1873 One shot, Tresamble, Gwennap, Nr Redruth.
1906 A male with broken wing shot at Porthcurno Beach, Portscatho.
1927 One shot on Goss Moor.
1953 One shot, Stratton, Bude.
1977 7th - 25th Sept, Marazion Marsh and St Erth Valley.
1999 13th - 17th May 1999, Walmsley Sanctuary.
2010 26th - 31st Oct, Trewey Common.
2010 1st Nov - 2nd Nov. Walsmsley Sanctuary
During the breeding season, American Bittern ranges from the mid-United States to northern Canada. Its wintering range stretches from the south Atlantic coast across the Gulf coast, west to southern California and as far south as Central America and Cuba.