Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Bearded Tits on the Somerset Levels 25th October 2016

Male Bearded Tit

I had a great day yesterday tracking down these beautiful birds on the Somerset Levels.

There were quite a few pairs and they were coming down to grit and seed that had been put out in different areas of the Avalon Marshes.

Such a treat to see despite having to lie flat out on the ground to get my best images!

Male Bearded Tit

Female Bearded Tit

Female Bearded Tit

Female Bearded Tit

Male Bearded Tit

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Dalmatian Pelican on the River Camel 24th Sept 2016.

The much travelled Dalmatian Pelican turned up on our river yesterday when it was spotted off Porthilley.

This morning I photographed it on the Dinham flats from the Camel trail opposite Whitehouse, Tregunna.

I saw it in Penzance a few months back but it's always great to see it on the Camel.

With a wingspan of between 9 and a half and 11 feet it's an impressive sight!

Friday, 23 September 2016

Common or European Starlings

I spent this morning trawling the runways and old broken down buildings of Davidstow airfield in an unsuccessful attempt to find rare waders and an elusive Rose-coloured Starling.

What I did find were a few common starlings but in the beautiful sunlight they looked anything but common!
Stunning glossy colours and super spotty plumage.

They were feeding on leatherjackets and doing it quite well so the predicted influx of craneflies should benefit them if it ever happens!

Catching a leatherjacket

Juvenile starling

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Waders at Davidstow this afternoon 14th September 2016

American Golden Plover

Managed to catch up with the American Golden Plover this afternoon and good to see it with our regular Eurasian Golden Plover for comparison.

Also several Curlew Sandpipers, a Ruff, Dunlin & Ringed Plover.

Unfortunately couldn't find the Buff-breasted Sandpiper !

Popular place for birdwatchers today!

American Golden Plover with Eurasian Golden Plover and Curlew Sandpiper



Curlew Sandpiper

Juvenile Ringed Plover


Sunday, 4 September 2016

Cornwall Wildlife Trust Photo Group field trip to Breney Common reserve 4th September 2016.

Common frog  

An overcast day with a few bright intervals gave us ideal lighting for a variety of subjects today at the Cornwall Wildlife Trust reserve at Breney Common near Bodmin.

Common Blue Damselfly
Bee in Bindweed flower

Fungi on a fungi



Common Darter

Common Darter

Orb Spider spp.

Bee fly?

Emerald Damselflies in cop.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Black Darters (S.danae) at Breney Common reserve 23rd Aug 2016.

Male black darters in good numbers this afternoon at the Cornwall Wildlife Trust reserve at Breney Common near Helman Tor, Bodmin.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Kingfisher fledging time River Camel, Cornwall 29th July 2016

A new fledgling from today (left) is attacked by an older fledgling from a previous brood

Well the kingfishers that I'd been watching successfully fledged 4 youngsters this morning and it was great to see them flitting around the riverbank often struggling to land on branches and roots.

They lack the colour of their parents but that will come in a few days.

Almost immediately there was aggression from 2 birds that I thought were their parents but now I can see that they are also juveniles but from an earlier brood, maybe 2 months old.

It's possible to age them from the colour of their feet, the newly fledged ones have brown feet, the ones from the first brood only show the brown on the top of their feet and the adults have bright orange feet.

An aggressive posture from a fist brood male.

Adult male brings a fish for a new fledgling.

Just hours out of the nest these 2 lack the colour of the adults.

A whole new world to explore.