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.










Friday, 15 June 2018

Oystercatchers on Looe island 14th June 2018.

Oystercatcher nest with eggs partly chipped by emergent young.

Had a good day on Looe island, the Cornwall Wildlife Trust reserve in East Cornwall.

The seabirds all had either young, eggs or nests around the island with Oystercatchers in good numbers.

Some were still sitting on eggs although the fine weather had often allowed them to sit nearby and guard them from the ever present gulls.

Amazingly the Great Black-backs and the Herring Gulls were all within a few feet of the Oyks but their incredible camouflage both of the nests and the young offered some protection as these gulls all sought to feed their own growing broods.









Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Dragonflies on the Amble marshes today, 12th June 2018.


Male Broad bodied Chaser


A lovely morning and the marshes were teeming with dragonflies & damselflies this morning.

Species included, Common Darter, Emperor, Black tailed Skimmer, Broad bodied Chaser, 4 spotted Chaser, Beautiful Demoiselle, Blue tailed & Azure damselflies.

Didn't manage to get shots of all of them as it was hot & bright and they were very active.

I think another visit at dawn is on the radar!


Female Broad bodied Chaser 
Common Darter

Azure Damselflies copulating

Blue tailed Damselfly