Friday, 17 May 2019

A good evenings birdwatching produced lots of mammals! 16th May 2019

Roe Deer buck

Went birdwatching last evening and ended up photographing 3 different species of mammals all from the same spot!

Saw 4 Roe deer, a hare & a fox all within the space of 30 minutes just as the light started dropping about 8:30 pm.

Sometimes you just get lucky!

Brown Hare

Brown Hare

Roe Deer buck



Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Birds of the river... Dippers & Grey Wags 15th May 2019

"Today, I have been mostly sat in the river!"

A few shots of a Dipper and a Grey Wagtail on the River Camel on North Cornwall this morning sadly cut short when a black labrador decided to play in the river where I was photographing!

A dog owner myself but still not amused!

Friday, 10 May 2019

Seabirds off the North Cornwall coast 10th May 2019


Some photos of seabirds this morning off the entrance to the Camel estuary at Mouls island and near Gulland.

Actually had 7 puffins on the water which is quite a good count for this site.

Good numbers of Auks on all the traditional breeding ledges.

Thanks to Wavehunters at Padstow / Rock for the trip.




The Auk colony at the Mouls, mostly featuring Guillemots

Common Dolphin off the North Cornwall coast 10th May 2019

A few images of Common Dolphin off the North Cornwall coast out of Rock / Padstow this morning aboard Wavehunters rib.

First dolphins of the year for me despite it being my 8th or 9th trip this year, hopefully they're moving in closer as the summer progresses.

Always a joy to see!

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Wavehunters trip out for wildlife. 7th May 2019

Composite of a single Gannet diving

A pleasant trip out into Port Isaac Bay and onward towards Trebarwith & back via Gulland courtesy of Andy Cameron at Wavehunters, Padstow.

Sadly no cetaceans but some good birds, especially around a shoal of fish a couple of miles out that produced diving gannets, kittiwakes, manx shearwaters and auks.

Here are a few images, including 503 guillemots I counted (via my computer screen!) on the Mouls.

503 Guillemots plus a handful of Razorbills at the Mouls

Hauled Grey Seals at the Mouls


Manx Shearwaters

Manx Shearwater

Guillemots at Gulland island.

Guillemots at Gulland island.

Guillemots at Gulland island.

Guillemots at Gulland island.

Leaving Gulland in our wake

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Willow Warbler at Tregonetha Downs 4th May 2019

Willow warbler

Really pleased with this "simple" shot of a Willow warbler on gorse at Tregonetha Downs, a Cornwall Wildlife Trust reserve in Mid-Cornwall.

Monday, 29 April 2019

The North Cornwall coast this afternoon. 29th April 2019.


What's not to like about a Whitethroat that's just arrived back in Cornwall after wintering in Africa.

The North Cornwall coast buzzing with them this afternoon.

I also took a few minutes to spend with the Fulmars who haven't laid their egg yet on this their traditional nest site.

Also watched a Ravens nest with 4 chicks in it that looked ready to fledge any day soon.

Looking north east from Pentire  near Polzeath

A yawning Fulmar on it's ledge.


4 big nestlings in this Ravens nest

Sunday, 28 April 2019

A Sunday morning Kingfisher. 28th April 2019.

Female Kingfisher

Well, my only decent image from 4 hours sat on the riverbank in a canvas hide that was starting to leak due to the Cornish rain & drizzle that kept me company.

Kingfishers are a bit like that, either it's frenetic with birds dashing everywhere or like today only one bird showed from 7 am to 11am.

Can't be successful all the time I guess otherwise it'd be too easy!

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Gannets off the Cornish coast 23rd April 2019

A composite picture from 5 images

Gannets were diving in the bay between Costantine beach and the Quies yesterday as we came up the coast on our Cornwall Seal Group & Research Trust STAPIP survey of marine life and human activity.

The photo above is a composite of 5 images as the bird dived into the water, the last image being the single splash!

Below are 4 of the images that went together to make the top photo.

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Birds on the Somerset Levels 12th April 2019

Great White Egret

We had a good day in fabulous sunshine on the Levels at Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath reserves on Friday.

It was cold but a little warmth coming from the bright sun kept us going all day.

The Great White Egrets were very active and Bitterns were "booming" in the reed beds all day, sadly none ventured out of their hideaways.

Great crested Grebes were paired up and courtship was evident.
One pair was already on a nest.

Great crested Grebes

Great crested Grebes   

Great crested Grebe

Also found a Great Spotted Woodpecker sat outside of a newly excavated nesthole but before I could get a photo she flew off, only to return later and we watched her peer out from inside the tree.

Great spotted Woodpecker

Great White Egret

Great White Egret

Great White Egret

Great White Egret