Wednesday, 22 October 2014

American Golden Plover......... eventually!


American Golden Plover


Well I eventually caught up with this super looking plover this afternoon at the 3rd attempt!

I was a bit lackadaisical last week and kept thinking I'll pop up to Davidstow on Monday when it's quieter. (Shows I lack the true credentials to be a twitcher).

I went up on Monday and along with about half a dozen others couldn't locate it.

So yesterday I saw that it'd been recorded again so popped up in the afternoon and again couldn't see it.

When I got home I had an e mail from Brian Craven who I'd chatted with up at the airfield and he told me it was lurking near a pool in the centre of the runways.

So today after doing all the shopping we took a drive up there again and lo and behold I came straight onto it with not another soul about.

The lighting was a bit low but for Davidstow that was GOOD!

Not too sure that my carbon footprint has been good for this bird but always a treat to see such an attractive plover.

In the final image you can see areas of golden plumage on the head, back and rump as it stretched it's wings.


American Golden Plover 

American Golden Plover

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Autumn fungi at Lanhydrock, Cornwall.


Porcelain fungi

A few fungi images taken on our Cornwall Wildlife Trust Photographic Group field trip to the National Trust property of Lanhydrock on the outskirts of Bodmin.

Not too many fungi to be found but the lone magpie inkcap and the porcelain fungi were particularly good although challenging to photograph!


Porcelain fungi

Porcelain fungi 
Magpie inkcap

Earthball

Stagshorn

Oyster fungus

Friday, 12 September 2014

A very white wagtail at Davidstow 12th September 2014




I found this very white wagtail this morning on the old airfield at Davidstow.

I'm not sure of it's ID but reckon it could be a white wagatil with partial albinism or leucism as they don't usually have a white head.

I know there are many variants of wagtail so interested to hear people's comments!



Curlew sandpiper at Davidstow this morning. 12th September 2014

Curlew sandpiper 
            
Curlew sandpiper


I came across this curlew sandpiper feeding with a small group of ringed plover on the old airfield at Davidstow this morning.

The light was good but the bird was busy feeding so didn't keep still for very long.



Curlew sandpiper

Curlew sandpiper

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Seals, dolphins and sunfish on the Cornish coast.


Grey seal
A great day on the monthly POLPIP seal survey on the North Cornwall coast from Padstow.

We monitored from the Quies up the coast to just above Boscastle.

Today we saw many seals, numerous seabirds including Gannets, Manx Shearwaters and a Sooty shearwater. Also a  few sunfish, Risso's dolphins and a pod of Common dolphins which came to look at us and put on an amazing display.

My personal thanks to Chris and Annabel for their hospitality aboard Atlantic Diver.


Grey seal
Grey seal
Risso's dolphins

Risso's dolphins
Common dolphins

Common dolphins

Common dolphins

Common dolphins

Common dolphins

Common dolphins
Common dolphins very close to the boat
Sunfish

Sunfish

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Risso's dolphins off North Cornwall coast 6th Sept 2014.

Risso's dolphins

What a thrill to see these fabulous marine mammals just a few miles from home!

We were on the lookout for some more common dolphins (see previous post) but came across these in the same spot as earlier in the week.

My apologies for the poor focusing on the one that did a spectacular breach but put it down to the sea conditions! It did get a bit choppy out there for a while.

Thanks once again to Will Delacour our skipper although I'm now on 5 out of 5 for dolphin spotting!

Risso's dolphins breaching

Risso's dolphins breaching 

Risso's dolphins

Risso's dolphins


Thursday, 4 September 2014

Migrant terns in the Camel estuary. 3rd Sept 2014


Sandwich Tern


There were several terns perched on the shellfish floats at the Porthilley end of Rock on the Camel estuary yesterday.

The sandwich terns were easy to ID but the others we'll call "Comic" terns as although I think most were Commons there may well have been Arctic's.

Anyway here are some more images!

"Comic" Tern
"Comic" Tern 
Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern