Twitter Flickr YouTube RSS

Ringing at Marazion

Went ringing at Marazion 2 weeks ago with Mark Grantham. We had 4 mist nets up which over a period of 4 hours caught 16 birds (I think). Sedge Warbler (8), Reed Warbler (3), Cetti’s Warbler, Reed Bunting, Blue Tit (2) and the highlight of the Morning, a juv. Kingfisher!! I used my phone for the majority of images as i couldn’t be bothered with the camera but i did take it out for the last bird, this Blue tit.

Dog Control Order on Hayle Estuary

So far there have been 12 objections to the dog control order on the Hayle Estuary and only one letter of support! We hear so many complaints from birders about disturbance caused by dogs on the estuary so this is your opportunity to do something about it!! PLEASE write showing your support for a Dog Control Order on the estuary BEFORE27th September to the address below or send an e-mail to The area to be covered by the DCO and further details can be seen on the Council’s webpages:

We suspect the number of objections has been helped by the letter in last week’s ‘The Cornishman’ newspaper in which a local resident expressed her views on the introduction of a DCO in no uncertain terms. Unfortunately, in spite of two excellent responses (by Cornwall Council and Dave Parker) correcting the misinformation and total nonsense in that letter, the paper has declined to publish these today. We are not surprised but of course very disappointed.

Please write if you can before the 27 Sept to:

Ms Tina Beeley, Legal and Democratic Services, Room 43, Cornwall Council, St Clare, Penzance,TR18 3QW

Thanks, Cornwall Birding and RSPB

Please support the DCO, remember the Swan that was mauled to death by a dog on the estuary a few years back!! Pass on the message!

PS: more images soon, been busy lately sorry. I have some images of the birds ringed at Marazion Marsh last Saturday which ill probably post tomorrow.

Goldfinch nr. Nanquidno

Well this is about the best ive seen today!!!
Saw Citrine Wagtail yesterday but didnt catch up with the Wrynecks and Ortolan Buntings, so this morning me and Monty had planned to return to Tregiffian Farm in search of the Ortolan Buntings, this plan went out the window when i looked out the window this morning! I decided that if it cleared up i would get down and give it a go, well it kind of cleared up, ish!
First stop the reported Short-toed Lark at Arden-Sawah Farm. It was VERY foggy, bad visibility/small bird/big field, wasnt the best combo. After about 30mins of waiting we headed of to Lands End for the Wryneck, in hindsight Porthgwarra would have been a better bet, missed the Wrynecks to!
So now with the fog coming back the only place to go was Nanquidno for the O Buntings, and guest what, no bloody birds. Still nice to get out and i did manage these pics.
1/125 and 1/160 handheld
Also while at Lands End, near Trinity pool i saw a bird dart into cover, managed to get on to it with the bins and all I can say is poss. Flycatcher with pretty prominent white eye ring, it didnt click until Brian Field mentioned the Brown Flycatcher in Yorkshire, that was it ;-)…… I wish

Black Tern at St.Gothian

A few images of the juv. Black Tern at St.Gothian Sands yesterday. Took loads of images but the majority were out of focus, the bird was very fast. (Just like photo’ing a Swallow). I resorted to Manual focus as the AF could barely keep up. Thanks Paul for suggesting it, i never would have tried it else!

At some point I have images from Stithians i took with Monty’s Canon 60mm Macro lens, i just need to find the memory card with them on.
more images of the Black Tern here:
PS: i have been trying out a new resizer and it seems to have lost A LOT of quality in the picture, will be back with CS3 “save for web” next time.

PPS: ive just noticed Google have added a page view thingy in the dashboard, worth a look! some cool stats, the top 3 countries i get page views from, 1st UK, 2nd USA and surprisingly in 3rd Taiwan!!! and Thanks Steve, Monty, Simon and John/Sue as you are in the top 5 URL referrals. Thank you!


Went down to Botallack on Wednesday last week with Monty in search of Choughs. We saw them but i didnt get any decent images. I did however use Monty’s Canon 60mm macro lens and Ring flash (which was a expensive mistake as im now looking for macro lenses). hard to get used to using the flash but i did get some nice images. shame its a EF-s lens but it was good to use the 450D again.

Thanks to John and Robert for the ID’s

Cock’s-foot Grass

Flash burnt it out a bit here

DoF :-) Greenbottle (Thanks John!!)

Common Carder


Yesterday morning i was on the Pelagic mentioned in the previous post. Me, Paul, Monty and a group from shropshire left St.Ives just after 5am. We “sailed” to 7 miles NW (It think) of St.Ives and put out the chum. This attracted the usual stuff, Kittiwakes, Gannets, Gulls and a few better things, Storm Petrels, a single Arctic tern, 2 Sooty and a few Balearic Shearwaters. (also on the way out we had Arctic Skua)

Im not extremely happy with my images from the trip as the conditions weren’t great. out of the about 500 images i took i have about 10 which are ok and the 3 which are below. Not a great hit rate but anyone on the boat would agree it wasnt easy!!!! The majority of images are just slightly out of focus.
Oh but no Wilsons :-(
Im booked on another one on the 21st so hopefully better images and a wilsons

Balearic Shearwater

Storm petrel



Can i apologise to all the readers (are there any??) of my blog! I have promised images and so far have posted very little. To be honest I still havent looked through my images from lake Vyrnwy fully and this is mainly due to the laptop is on its last legs!

Anyway I have ordered a new PC from Pc specialist ( they are a very very good company and should be your first call if you are about to buy a new PC!! they build the computer to the spec you want which for a photographer wanting more memory or RAM etc etc it is brilliant. I wont bore you with my spec (unless you want it?, NO, ok) all I can say is i think i went OTT and went A LOT over budget!!
The pc should be here some time this week coming and should hopefully be up and ready to process images on Saturday after the Pelagic with Paul, Monty and Mark, which i hope to have frame filling images of Wilsons Petrel.
And last of all sorry to all the people who’s blogs i usually comment on or who appear in the blog list on the left hand side, i have been reading your blogs just havent commented for ages!
Here is an image you have all seen 100’s of times but just to show what we hope to see on Saturday, Wilson Storm Petrel…

Book your place on one of the Cornwall birding pelagics from St.Ives through out August here…

Farm Stuff Part 1 – Chickens

Images from a friends farm of the chickens! I used 1D2 and 17-40mm to get a different perspective. Next up will be either images of Cows or Sheep….
Also new Cornwall Birding yahoo group, to discuss anything about birds in Cornwall:

not technically perfect but funny

Slimbridge Part 2

Part 2 of Slimbridge. This will probably be the final post as the other images i took were quite similar and i cant then post them another time when i have no images to post. Next will be images from Lake Vyrnwy, that will be a small post as i didnt take that many images.

They take security very seriously at all WWT centres…

Wood Duck

Red Crested Pochard, shame about the burnt out bit

male Smew, shows the DoF

Slimbridge Part 1

First set of images from Slimbridge. The images were taken on the 28th May just to show how long its been since my last proper post. Not much wild stuff at Slimbridge but we did mange to re-locate the Little Gull which was on the estuary.

Duck Sp. anyone know?