Thursday 30 November 2023
Saturday 25 November 2023
A common bird nowadays but still worthy of spending some time on, I just sat quietly by the waters edge watching a couple of these graceful birds preening and stretching in the afternoon light at fairly close quarters. This one posed nicely allowing some nice photos.
Thursday 23 November 2023
16th October..We dont get to see too many Ospreys down here in Cornwall and Devon, just the odd ones passing through on their migration back and forward to the wintering grounds in Africa.So this one not that far from home in Wadebridge was one I had to try and see. It was fairly distant in its favourite tree but eventually took flight and flew quite close overhead. Majestic birds.
Friday 3 November 2023
We were away for a week 'up country' right at the peak of Octobers 'anything could turn up quite close to home'time. So when a Lesser Grey Shrike was found on Caradon Hill, at Minions near Liskeard , only half an hour from home I thought I,d probably missed out, but thankfully it was still there when we got home, the very next day I popped along to look for it. A lovely sunny day, I searched for an hour with no joy ( although I did find a Black Redstart ).I was told that it had been seen earlier but had been flushed by someone flying their Gyr Falcon around the area !.I thought that was probably it,then on my way back to the car for a coffee, there it was, perched on a stone wall close by, I sat down and it came closer making a number of forays to catch incects in flight.Nice bird, only my second in the U.K.
Wednesday 1 November 2023
Monday 16 October 2023
My wife shouted up the stairs to me " there is a Sparrowhawk on the garden fence". All I had to do was slowly open the window and point my camera . simples. I think she had just had a dip in our garden pond ( the Sparrowhawk not my wife,) and was sat on the fence having a dry and a preen. If only it was always this easy!
Wednesday 11 October 2023
A few days down in West Cornwall where Chough sightings are pretty much guarenteed, but this was the first time I'd watched them bathing. This pair landed on a nearby rock before coming down to a small pool beside us to take a dip.Lovely to watch.