I found this unusual gull this morning at Hayle Estuary from the Old Quay Inn car park at high tide in misty conditions. The jizz and pale colouring gives the appearance of a Glaucous Gull but the dark primaries sounded alarm bells. Glaucous-winged Gull had been considered but primary pattern, bill colour and general jizz is wrong for that species. Independent discussion with local gull enthusiasts have all confirmed this bird as a hybrid.
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
Three young Spoonbills have been wintering on the Camel Estuary and Walmsley Sanctuary. They normally spend long periods of inactivity at the Sanctuary but on Sunday they were quite the opposite. The slate flagstones were used as convenient perches to practice some early forms of courtship, including carrying sticks, nesting material and some bill clapping.
Sunday, 13 February 2011
I stumbled on a flock of fifteen Bar-tailed Godwits at Marazion beach this week, which is quite a good count for this site. I'm assuming these are early spring migrants. One of them was already showing early signs of summer plumage.
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
This pitiful young Great Northern Diver surely won't make it to adulthood. The images show clearly the fishing line caught inside its' mouth, to such an extent that it is ripping the gape. Images below also show the line has tightened round the back of the neck. I also have a suspicion that the line is tangled round the left wing as a long sequence of shots showed that it cannot stretch the wing.
In the past, there has been an outcry about auks being tangled in nets in Carbis Bay - it looks very much like the issue is still with us.
Monday, 7 February 2011
|Adult bewick's Swan at Par beach pool|
|Every Bewick's Swan has a different bill pattern, similar to a human finger print.|