Friday, 29 September 2017

Crossbills at Parc Natural Serra de Mariola in Spain

Crossbills coming to the water to drink.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Golden Eagle, Spain 2017

Main target species of the International Federation of Wildlife Photography 2017 annual congress achieved!

Thanks to my Spanish friends Jose & Vicente I was able to get this shot of a female Golden Eagle coming for prey at a site in the mountains in the nature reserve of the Victoria Laporta Carbonell Foundation near Bocairent and Alicante.




Monday, 18 September 2017

Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Davidstow 18th Sept 2017.

This North American wader dropped in to Davidstow airfield along with a flock of Dunlin.

This site is a regular for this species which seems to get whipped across the North Atlantic regularly each year.

Very noticeable how the colours change with the different light temperature, the first ones were in good evening sunlight but the last one was later when the sun had gone!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Grey Phalarope at Helston boating lake 17th September 2017

I went down to Helston today to take a look at the Grey Phalarope which has been at the boating lake for a couple of days.

Cracking little bird and one of many that seem to be "off-course" at the moment after the storms.

Didn't have to look very hard for it as it was in the small pool near the path from the car park.

Always nice to see these little waders!

Monday, 4 September 2017

9 Cattle Egrets at Walmsley sanctuary today 4th Sept 2017

There were 9 Cattle Egrets including 2 juveniles perched on this metal bridge in our reserve at Walmsley Sanctuary near Wadebridge this afternoon.

The meadows are in flood and the farmer is also topping the grass and juncus (on the high ground) so the birds are having a feeding bonanza!

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Glossy Ibis and Cattle Egrets at Walmsley. 24th Aug 2017.

Some of the 7 Glossy Ibis that were in at Walmsly sanctuary this evening and a shot of 3 of the Cattle Egrets leaving the reserve.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Dragonflies at Chyverton reserve Cornwall. 21st Aug 2017.

Golden ringed Dragonfly
 Some good dragonflies active at this Cornwall Wildlife Trust reserve near Zelah in Cornwall this week.

Lots of Keeled Skimmers and Golden ringed present along with an odd Southern Hawker and Common Darter.

Only saw one damselfly, a Large Red .

Male Golden ringed Dragonfly
Common Darter
Male Keeled Skimmer

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Wasp Spiders at Chyverton reserve Cornwall. 21st Aug 2017.

 Wasp spider (Argiope) waiting for unsuspecting prey.

Which turned out to be a froghopper!

Monday, 31 July 2017

An incredible 14 Glossy Ibis at Walmsley sanctuary this evening. 31st July 2017.

A flock of 14 Glossy Ibis turned up today at our reserve at Walmsley sanctuary near Wadebridge.

Very unusual sighting especially this early in the year.

We've had the odd individual bird in the past but never this many.

Fantastic to see!

Something spooked them earlier and they flew out of the reserve toward the estuary but then turned full circle and came back and landed in the exact place they'd left from.

Hopefully they'll stay around a few days!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Common Sandpiper on River Camel 23rd July 2017.

This common sandpiper was resting up on the slipway of the Wadebridge boatyard this evening.

It was one of 3 spotted on this section of river and I don't doubt there are several others passing through at this time.

Photographed from my kayak! Nikon 70-300 lens.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Kingfisher portrait

A single image I took this morning on the River Camel near Wadebridge.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Cattle Egrets at Walmsley sanctuary 16th July 2017

3 Cattle Egrets amongst the bullocks down at the reserve this morning.

Numbers vary daily but great to see them looking good and feeding well.

The first time I've seen them riding on the backs of the cattle.

Be interesting to see if they will migrate or stay the winter .

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

4 Oystercatchers.....Looe island, 10th July 2017

I spent quite a bit of time watching these 4 oystercatchers "piping" as they went through some ceremonial process on the barnacle covered rocks of St.Georges island at Looe yesterday.

They've already bred so it wasn't a courtship display but maybe some kind of territorial / dominance thing!

However it was good to watch them and it was very noisy!