Sunday, 17 March 2019

Cattle Egrets at Walmsley sanctuary, Wadebridge today 17th March 2019.



Up to 55 Cattle Egrets at Walmsley today, regularly flying in and out and stopping to preen and rest.

How long they'll stay remains to be seen as they bred in 2017 but disappeared completely in the summer of 2018.

However it's great to see them and long may it last!

Here's a short video link to some fotage I did this afternoon.....

Cattle Egrets at Walmsley video






Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Short-eared Owls re-visited, North Cornwall coast. 27th Feb 2019.



Another fantastic afternoon photographing Short-eared Owls on the coast in the sunshine.

This time last week we thought they'd moved on North but were relocated back on the same headland a few days later.

Here are a few photos that I enjoyed taking!









Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Barn Owl flying in the sunshine this afternoon. 26th Feb 2019.



This Barn Owl has been flying around in the daytime for several weeks giving local people spectacular views.

Looking at some of the photos I took today it looks as if it has a problem with it's left eye, there's a pink/red stain under it and it looks partly closed.

Maybe this is why it's needing to hunt more often if it's having trouble catching prey or perhaps it just finds prey easier in the daylight.







Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Cattle Egrets on a "frog fest"...Walmsley, Cornwall 20th Feb 2019



There were at least 40 (and possibly as many as mid fifties) Cattle Egrets all feeding on frogs in our reserve at Walmsley this morning.

An amazing sight!

Enjoy the photos......











Thursday, 14 February 2019

Short-eared Owl, North Cornwall 13th Feb 2019.



A few more images of the Short-eared Owls still active on this Cornish headland.

This one caught a vole and proceeded to eat it right in front of me!

It must be one amazing "vole year" as there are runs and holes everywhere and they are keeping at least 2 Owls and several Kestrels well fed and have for a few months.













7th February 2019, first frog spawn, exactly same date as 2018 !!



Once again very late frog spawn (for Cornwall) on 7th February, but strangely enough the exact date we had it last year.
I know some of my friends in deepest West Cornwall have frogs spawning before Christmas but here are our dates for the past few years....

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

2018....7th Feb
2017....4th Feb
2016....25th Jan.
2015....29th Jan.
2014....4th Feb.
2013....27th Jan.
2012....14th Jan.

Monday, 28 January 2019

A distant Barn Owl hunting at 3:30 pm today in Cornwall. 28th Jan 2019.



I spent some time this afternoon watching this Barn Owl quarter the wet meadows in North Cornwall.

It crashed down on what looks like a vole and spent a long time in the grass trying to despatch it before finally flying off to a perch just the wrong side of the hedge to where I stood!

I saw it again later over the reed beds hunting.... a fantastic sight.