Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Ravens on the high moors. 20th March 2018.

Delighted that my trip up to the moors this morning paid off handsomely with both ravens involved in a face to face food-pass before one of the pair went back to sit on the nest.

Whilst they knew I was there they were happy with my low profile position and after a few minutes acted normally allowing me to get some nice shots of the food pass and the preening afterwards.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Great Crested Grebes Courtship and Mating 15th March 2018

I had a great day on the Somerset Levels photographing this pair of Great Crested Grebes.

It was the first time I'd watched the courtship display of these birds despite seeing it many times on the TV.

On the positive side the lighting was good the first time they danced, a bit contrasty but much better than the rain we normally get!

On the negative side when they dived for pondweed to complete the ceremony they brought up huge beakfulls of very dark & muddy weed. This tended to merge into one big dark blob when the birds were close to each other and often hid their faces during their "face-offs".

After displaying they then added bits of reed to the nesting platform and then mated. The light was bit difficult but with a bit of exposure compensation they look ok.

So here are a few more images from the sequence......

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Avocet at Treraven Meadows Sunday 4th March 2018

An unusual bird for this part of Cornwall, whilst found on the Cornwall / Devon border on the River Tamar they stubbornly resist wintering in flocks farther down the County.

I guess a product of the cold snap we've just endured.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Grey Heron in the background!

Just because I like it!!!!!

Monday, 19 February 2018

Frogs galore in the garden. 19th Feb 2018

A wet Cornish morning and the garden is alive with frogs!

I found 2 pairs locked together and 2 more individual males around the patio area with dozens more in the pond.

Even had one pair spawned in a washing up bowl that I was using to show my little grandaughter some of the pond life.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

7th Feb for our first frogs spawn for 2018.....latest date for 6 years!

Having checked our garden pond for weeks to see if the resident frogs had spawned I was taken by surprise this morning to find fresh spawn amongst the ice and hail on a day that followed our first snowfall for years.

Previous dates for the first spawn have been....

2017....4th Feb
2016....25th Jan.
2015....29th Jan.
2014....4th Feb.
2013....27th Jan.
2012....14th Jan.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Whooper Swans at Wadebridge. 4th February 2018.

2 immature Whooper Swans

These immature Whooper Swans have been with the resident flock of 30 Mute Swans in a winter corn field above the hide at Burniere Point for a few days.

Their bills have got a hint of the yellow that they will have when fully adult and they're not fully white either.

Always good to see wild winter swans on the River Camel.

2 immatureWhooper Swans