Sunday, 23 June 2019

Puffins & Razorbills on Scottish Isles. June 18th-20th.



I've just spent 3 days "island hopping" in Scotland photographing seabirds.

The Puffins, Razorbills & Guillemots looked to be finding plenty of food with them all bringing back beakfulls of Sandeels and a few Herring.

Here are a few images from a brief scan through the many photos taken.











Thursday, 13 June 2019

Ringing Barn Owls near home this evening. 13th June 2019



Visited 2 nest sites for Barn Owls this evening and both had young but at vastly different ages.

The first site had 4 young and 2 eggs, the eldest being not much more than 1 week old and the youngest possibly 1 day old.

Amazingly I counted 16 dead voles cached in the box for a rainy day.... and we're having lots of them at the moment!

Oh and I do hold a Schedule 1 licence to photograph them at the nest!




The 2nd site had 3 young that were probably 3 to 4 weeks old and well advanced.
We measured their weight and checked them over and all 3 looked to be females.






Friday, 7 June 2019

St.George's Island reserve Looe, Cornwall. 4th June 2019.

Oystercatcher


Had a great day on the Cornwall Wildlife Trust reserve at St.Georges island at Looe in East Cornwall with the Cornwall Seal Group and Research Trust on Tuesday.

A bit damp and a choppy boat trip over but well worth it!

Good to meet up with friends again and share our common interest in wildlife.

Here are a few images from the day including a Common Seal which in Cornwall is anything but Common!

Also a group of Eider ducks which again are an unusual sight in the County in the summer months.




Eider ducks and drake

Common Seal

Common Seal

Great Black-backed Gull

Fulmar

Great Black-backed Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Cormorant

Oystercatcher eggs and nest

Monday, 3 June 2019

Fulmars on the North Cornwall coast. 2nd June 2019





Just love watching these "masters of the air" effortlessly glide along the cliff edge using very breath of air that nature provides.




Thursday, 30 May 2019

Pied Flycatchers at Yarner Wood, Dartmoor. 29th May 2019.

Male Pied Flycatcher

Our annual sojourn to Yarner Wood on Dartmoor for the Pied Flycatchers is always a sign that spring has sprung and summer will fast slip away from us!

Several pairs feeding young in the hundreds of nest boxes scattered about the wood.

No sign however of Lesser Spotted Woodpecker or Wood Warblers.

Heard Redstarts and watched Great Spotted Woodpeckers feeding their young.


Female Pied Flycatcher 

Female Pied Flycatcher

Male Pied Flycatcher

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

Fox

Fox

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!