Thursday, 9 August 2018

Barn Owlet rescue, Cornwall 7th Aug 2018




I had a call from a farming couple in a rather remote location in East Cornwall via the Barn Owl Trust about a young owlet found sitting on the path in the sunshine and unable to fly.

Following instructions from the Trust I put the young owlet back in the nest box using a long 3 section ladder.

The box was empty of other siblings so I'm not really sure if they'd already fledged or if this was the sole incumbent this year.

I did however grab a few photos before I put him back in the box!





Friday, 3 August 2018

Fox cub in the marshes. Cornwall July 2018.



I've been watching foxes in several different locations this summer and here are a few pictures of individual cubs that I like. Nothing more than that, I just enjoy watching and photographing them.







Sunday, 29 July 2018

Wood and Green Sandpipers at Walmsley sanctuary. Sat 28th July 2018.

Wood Sandpiper


Our usual late summer Green Sandpipers have been joined by a Wood Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper this week in at Walmsley sanctuary.

Photos are a bit distant but seeing them all in close proximity to each other is a great way of getting the ID's sorted out.


Wood Sandpiper

2 Green Sandpipers at left and a Wood Sandpiper right.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Barn Owlet at nestbox entrance, Wadebridge, Cornwall 27th July 2018.





A few pictures from the nest box in the garden of friends on the outskirts of our town.

A cloudy evening which turned to some of the first rain for many weeks but also very dark by 9:30 pm.

Fortunately one of the owlets, probably the eldest posed for some portraits before the daylight totally disappeared.





Here are a few pics.








Thursday, 26 July 2018

Ocean Sunfish, North Cornwall. 26th July 2018.





 We came across at least 5 Ocean Sunfish today on our Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust marine survey on the North Cornwall coast from Newquay SW to beyond St.Ives.



 

The ocean sunfish or common mola is the heaviest known bony fish in the world

The average size of a mature sunfish is usually several hundred pounds. However, the very largest can be 10ft in length, 14ft vertically and weigh around 4,500 – 5,000lbs, making the sunfish one of the very largest bony fish species in the world.

Common Dolphins "Bow-riding", North Cornwall 26th July 2018.




Something really special about looking down at a Common Dolphin "bow riding" the boat on our CSGRT marine survey on the North Cornwall coast today.



Sunday, 8 July 2018

Sandwich Terns at Brownsea island Dorset. Thurs 5th July 18.




We spent a great day on Brownsea island in Poole harbour, Dorset on Thursday.

It was all about Terns really as the Sandwich and Commons were actively feeding young.

It was also an eye opener to see the variety of fish being brought to the chicks which included sand eels, squid and what I guess to be sprats.

There seemed to be plenty of fish available to feed the 160 pairs of Sandwich terns on the little islands in the lagoon. That was encouraging!











Thursday, 5 July 2018

Cornwall Beaver Project 4th July 2018

Beaver kit

I was lucky to be invited to the Cornwall Beaver Project at Ladock near Truro yesterday and delighted to get some photos.

Initially cynical about re-introducing European Beavers back into Cornwall after a gap of about 1000 years I think I've been won around by the professionalism of the project and those involved.

Seeing what the animals have done in a small Cornish valley and how it has slowed down the water run off is impressive.

Looking forward to the future now with the beaver becoming a part of the Cornish fauna!

Also a couple of videos taken when it became too dark to take stills!!


Beaver kit eating. Cornwall Beaver Project 4th July 2018.

 

Adult beaver feeding in virtual darkness. Cornwall Beaver Project. 4.7.18


Adult beaver

Beaver kit

Beaver kit

Beaver kit

Adult beaver

Adult beaver

Adult beaver

Beaver kit

Beaver kit

Beaver kit

Beaver kits tail

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Oystercatcher nests on rugby pitch... again! 27th June 2018.



A bit of deja-vu as for the 2nd year in succession an Oystercatcher pair have successfully fledged 3 young from a nest almost on the centre spot of the Wadebridge Camels rugby pitch at Egloshayle.

I've been monitoring the nest for almost a month and was relieved when they hatched yesterday.

A big thanks to Ray Davies and all the helpers at the Camels for "cutting around them" again this year! Normal service can now be resumed!





Friday, 22 June 2018

Foxes feeding in a new mown meadow. 22nd June 2018.



I spent this evening sat in the shadows on the edge of a freshly mown meadow in the hope that the local barn owls would hunt on the disturbed grass.

Not a sign of an owl unfortunately but I was treated to some great views of a couple of foxes feeding on the voles and mice that met their maker earlier in the day when it was cut.

The adult fox looked to be the male as I could see no signs of teats and the cub kept going to the mouth to be fed but I'm not really certain on that assumption.

The foxes emerged out of the shadows in the far corner of the field and I resisted the temptation to stalk them with my camera but instead decided to stay put and hope they may come my way and also into the late evening sunlight.

I got lucky and eventually they both came to within 10 metres of me until they picked up my scent and skipped off through the hedge and away, although the cub did pop back and pick up a vole he'd been chewing earlier.

Here are a few of the many pictures I took.....


A bit of mange showing on his right flank.