Thursday, 28 April 2016

A good day of birding over the border in Devon...28th April 2016

Dartford Warbler

Spent the day in East Devon today with visits to Aylesbeare Common, Woodbury Common & Stover Lake.

Found some Dartford warblers that weren't on territory and managed to grab a couple of shots.

At Stover there were 3 Common Sandpipers right in front of the hide and spent a lot of time with them.

Also Great crested Grebes, Mandarin Duck, Coots with young and GS Woodpecker.

Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper    

Mallard duckling

A Robin with half of his head feathers missing!

Coot family

Coot chick

Mandarin drake

Great crested Grebes

Great crested Grebes

Great crested Grebe 
Great spotted Woodpecker

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Adders on the Cornish coast 26th April 2016

Despite the very strong and bitterly cold North westerly gale blowing today there were a few adders sunning themselves on the south facing slopes in the sunshine.

Most of these pics are of a small juvenile about 10 inches long.

Adult female

Adult male

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Harbour porpoise off North Cornish coast 22nd April 2016

We came across a small group of Harbour Porpoise whilst counting seals on yesterday's survey near The Quies off Trevose Head.

Always good to see despite the thick drizzle that hung around for all of the day.

They aren't the most glamorous of the cetaceans and rarely spend much time being visible above water but good to know they're there!

Photos were taken in colour but it was such poor weather they look black & white!

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Seabirds on ledges. 17th April 2016

A few simple images which I really like.

I took them this morning on the North Cornish coast and I love the composition of the small birds and the large cliff environment.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Adult Grey Heron caught in garden pond netting 30th March 2016.

I had a call to say that there was a Heron stuck in some nylon netting that had been put over a garden pond, I guess to stop the fish being taken.

Fortunately I could get to it quickly and easily and managed to cut the netting from the poor bird which had managed to get it wrapped around both feet fairly loosely but quite tightly around the joint between the wing and the body.

After a while I got it all away and couldn't feel any broken limbs but lots of "ruffled" feathers and a few sore areas where it had struggled to get free.

The bird was a full breeding adult in good condition and with a very pronounced brood patch indicating that it was either on eggs or small young.

I wasn't sure how long it had been tied up so thought it best to get the bird released in the hope that it'd get back to its nest swiftly.

I took it down to the beach about 100 metres from the pond and in direct line of flight to the nearest heronry on the river Camel.

It flapped about on the beach for a while and then settled to catch its breath and hopefully get over the shock before letting out a loud "kronk" and lunging its head toward me!

It was still pretty feisty!

Please try to avoid using this type of netting as it is deadly to wildlife and even with its use the lure of a few small fish to a bird feeding a nest full of young is too strong to resist!

Hopefully it survived its ordeal, I'm not sure, but I feel I've given it a fighting chance!

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Dunlin at high tide roost 17th March 2016

The Dunlin at their high tide roost at St.Ives were showing well this afternoon and it was possible to get some shots as the strong North-easterly onshore wind kept them active and the waves often dislodged them from their rocky resting place.