Thursday, 30 June 2011

West Pentire, A blaze of colour.

Last weekend headed down to West Pentire near Crantock in Cornwall, first time i'd been here,beautiful fields full of flowers,red Poppies & yellow Corn Marigolds leading down to the sea.. It was quite windy so very few butterflies or other buglife on the wing but a lovely place and a revisit is definitely planned.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

In memory

One of my old photos of one of Alans Kingfishers
Just a personnel thing, to remember my mate Alan who sadly passed away last week,a great bloke and an excellant photographer. Paid my respects today but it wont be the last ones,as I.ll remember him whenever I see & photograph a Kingfisher,as the first time I photographed one was on his lake back in 2007 and to see one so close was a real thrill. Cheers mate.

Monday, 20 June 2011

More from The Lizard

Sedge Warbler

Nesting Shags

Orchid sp

Herring Gull on nest

Rough sea on The Lizard
A few more pics from the Lizard weekend, as you can see, Sunday was a bit wet & blowy.

A weekend on the Lizard

                                              Kynance Cove. A stunning location.
Adult Chough
We spent last weekend in the Bongo ( a cross between a camper van & a tent ) on the Lizard ,which was a nice break in lovely surroundings, the weather was against us but we were,nt going to let that stop us. The Choughs on the point had actually fledged that day and one of the youngsters was in view on the cliffs for a brief  moment on what could have been its first outing. The parents were coming and going every half an hour or so giving great views as they flew overhead.

I spent Saturday evening sitting on the cliffs at Kynance Cove, what a beautiful place to be, and was treated to good views of  Kestrel, Raven, and nesting Great Black Backed Gulls & Shags.

Great Black Backed Gull feeding chick

Friday, 17 June 2011


One day last week when it was sunny,I photographed this Bumblebee as it fed on the yellow flag Iris by the garden pond..I got in pretty close with the macro lens. It reminds me of  Darth Vader from Starwars (but I dont get out much )

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

An evening at Trevelga

An early evening walk with Joyce & Minnie (our Bearded Collie type mutt) along one of our favorite pieces of coastline.the cliffs at Trevelga,between Tintagel & Boscastle. We have seen one or two Puffins here in the past but alas no sign so far this year,but always small numbers of Guillemots and one or two Razorbills.I was trying to photograph the Stonecrop when this insect landed on it so I got a pic of him instead, I think it s a Potter (or mason ) Wasp sp ,although not a hundred percent on that..
On the walk back to the car I stopped to try and get a photo of a Whitethroat feeding its young,they were pretty obliging.(Whitethroats seem to be getting commoner every summer)

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Somerset Levels

A day out with Rat & Carol to Somerset. Shapwich Heath and Ham Walls seem to be the places to visit to look for Hobbies,Bitterns ,Egrets (including Great White) and lots of other goodies.No wonder Hobbies like this site so much ,I have never seen so many Dragonflys,mostly Four Spotted Chasers. Our visit coincided with a visit of a female Red Footed Falcon,and although I met Derek and Colin from Wadebridge who had seen and managed a few photos, we only got a possible fleeting glimpse,so it still remains my bogie bird. But good views of Bitterns and more trips planned for the future.
Did'nt manage many decent photos,my attempts at Hobbies in flight are pretty poor,but an o.k photo of a Four Spotted Chaser.

Juvinile Dipper

This juvinile Dipper was photographed from one of the local bridges. It was being fed by the parents but too far far away  for a pic,but lovely to watch and perhaps they might have another brood.