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.