Sunday 22 September 2013


White backed Vulture

To continue with some more photos from our recent safari in Kenya here are a couple of vulture pictures and I've updated my website with several more including some feeding on a wildebeest carcass.

Not everyone's cup of tea I know but they fascinate me and they also serve a very useful purpose in tidying up the remains after one and a half million wildebeest have moved on!

See more by going to my website by clicking here...

Ruppells Griffon Vulture

Wednesday 18 September 2013

Lions in the Maasai Mara

Lioness on a kill

Linda and I have just spent 9 days on a safari in Kenya, visiting Samburu, Aberdares, Lake Nakuru and finishing off in the Maasai Mara for 4  nights.

The number of animals was astounding and one started to get blase about "just another elephant"!

Here are a few lion images and there are more on my website by clicking here....

Male Lion

Lion cub at the kill

Friday 6 September 2013

Curlew Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper with Dunlin in the background

This Curlew Sandpiper was on the island in the centre of the bridge in Wadebridge this afternoon.

It was amongst a handfull of Dunlin and some Black Tailed Godwit. There were also about 100 Redshank present but not a Spotted one amongst them!

Thanks to Will Delacour for alerting me.... and a warning to anyone birding here is to pay the parking charges on Commissioners Quay because they employ agents that can't wait to ticket you or clamp you if you should be a bit late back or don't park between the lines etc. (Fortunately not talking thro' experience other than watching others!).

Curlew Sandpiper

Monday 2 September 2013

A young Puffin

Juvenile Puffin

We came across this young puffin about 2 miles north of Mouls island this afternoon.

A very encouraging sight as I'd watched adults carrying sandeels to the nest earlier in the summer.

Hopefully this is a bird from that island and thus a successful breeding result for Cornish puffins.

It was spending a lot of time peering in the water and scuttled across the surface away from us which looked like it was still unable to fly yet.