Monday, 20 January 2020

Bearded Tits at RSPB Radipole today, 20th Jan 2020.

Delighted to get my "target species" today at the RSPB reserve Radipole in Weymouth.

A 280 mile round trip but with good company we left at 6 in the morning with the temperature gauge showing -4 C and we were back home by 6:30 pm.

The Beardies were showing really well although the high reeds & light direction made photography anything but easy.

Here are a few examples from the day.....

Sunday, 19 January 2020

"Cornish" Chough at Trevose Head today. 19th Jan 2020.

Just before sunset this afternoon 5 Chough flew onto Trevose Head and landed just feet from where my car was parked.

None of the birds appeared to be ringed and they searched the clifftop & edges for food and then sat and preened in the late afternoon light.

Eventually they flew off and into a huge flock of corvids that were gathering in one of the stubble fields.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Great Northern Divers & Eider at Newlyn harbour. 7th Jan 2020.

Great Northern Diver

A visit down to Newlyn today in misty & murky weather yielded good views of 4 Great Northern Divers... aka Common Loon to my North American friends.

They seemed to be feeding well on Cornish crab & shrimps!

I also got to see the long staying winter plumaged Black Guillemot from a distance but failed to get close to it with my camera!

Better behaved was the drake Eider which was looking fantastic.

drake Eider
Great Northern Diver

Great Northern Diver