Welcome to my Blog

Welcome to my first blog, I hope you find some of these post interesting and they inspire you to get out and about in the countryside to discover some of our wildlife for yourselves.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Lower Tamar Lake

Quick visit produced good if not distant views of at least 3 Kingfishers, two headed past the hide but were to quick for me and my lens, only this record shot as some sort of proof. Another on the far bank from the hide sat high in a small tree ocassinally flying over the lake, were it would hover at about 10 ft before diving close to the water but never in. Could it have been chasing and catching dragonflies? Too far to tell withouth the scope.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Birdfair 2010

Birdfair 2010 - just been looking back at the birdfair highlights on the new birdfair.tv, well worth a look if you didn't get chance to go this year. It's a great concept and think it will prove a success.

Goldfinch frozen in Summer Time

This is turning out to be some Summer again. The mists lifted by lunchtime today but the rain hasn't stopped. When the goldfinches arrived to feed on the niger seed tree as we call it, the numbers vary from 1 or 2 up to 8 at times, squabbles can easily break out, as our three feeders can only accommodate 6 at any time. So when the siskins are around as well things get interesting
Time to play with the camera from the comfort of the conservatory and try to capture some movement.
This proves difficult when they appear out of the overhanging silver birch, this is the best of the bunch for now.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Just Robins

A couple of juvenile robins taken on holiday in Wales. These little fellas always seem to be happy to pose for a picture and seem to follow you as you walk.

Whitethroat and Swallows

A summer favourite of mine, the Whitethroat. Found here in it's favourite scrubby and brambly habitat sat aloft singing with great energy. This image was just off the coast path on a walk with views of Skomer Island in Pembrokeshire.

Liked the composition of this shot although not the greatest image.

Large numbers of Swallows were enjoying the afternoon sunshine but these two juvenilles decided it was time to stretch those weary wings before settling for an late afternoon nap.

Choughs near Skomer, Wales

A trip to the Pembrokeshire coast gave good viewing of this pair of lively and vocal pair of choughs. These birds are very acrobatic when flying in the strong winds found on this beautiful and rugged stretch of coast, not dissimilar to that found here in Devon and Cornwall.

Cardigan Wetlands

A trip to the Wildlife Trust Wetlands was rewarded with these close views of a local Heron.This was one of my favourite shots in the sequence, the bird appeared not to be bothered with my presence and managed to get within twenty feet.Think these have probably been my best efforts of any herons to date as the local birds on my patch are very weary of any human activity, this seems to be common for birds on rivers as opposed to open water expanses, probably due to the fewer numbers of encounters with humans .

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Flickr: Your Photostream

A wider variety of my Photo's are also available on Flickr.

I hope to make more use of my blog in the future as I feel this is a nicer way of presenting the images and allows an explanation of the image

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Youngsters in the Garden

These fledglings seen tonight in the garden

Hunting Kestrels at West Pentire, Newquay

Great viewing of a family of five learning to hunt on West Pentire Head. No Adult male was seen with the group so possibly adult female and 4 juvenile birds.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Juvenile Peregrine Falcon

A recently fledged juvenile tiercel, perched high above the Atlantic sea

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Late Evening Garden Visitors

Collared doves and Hose sparrows are two of the regular visitors to our garden

Peregrine Falcon on the Cornish North Coast.

A Walk along the coast path can be rewarded with some memorable sights, carrying the camera captures those moments to look back on.