Wednesday 13 April 2011

Purple Heron and Garganey at College Res.

These images were taken early this morning in dull overcast light. Given the long distance and low light, I was pleased with the results.  The ISO was set to 1250 and they were taken with a D300s. 

Both these species in recent years have been regular at this site.  The Purple Herons always feed in the same area on the south side of the island and roost in the tall trees.  Five years ago, two were present though no breeding occurred.  Purple Heron is an annual vagrant to Cornwall, with records in Spring and Autumn.

Male Garganey, scarce passage migrant in Cornwall, mainly Spring.  Garganey are regularly seen here at College.

This male was accompanied by a female at the weekend though she has since moved on.

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