Monday, 15 March 2010

Long Tail Duck at Carminow Creek

I took the day off today so Lisa and I revisited Carminow Creek or Loe Bar as I prefer. We had a fair days birding and got on to the first when got out of the car, a female Common Scoter sea Duck and male and female Stonechat
. As we walked out to Low Bar we stopped and scanned the sea as I noticed some gull activity some distance out and saw three Black Throated Divers. As we approached the beach and another scan of the sea at high level we nailed a Red Throated Diver. A tip for anyone with problems with Diver ID is to go on the CBWPS ( Cornwall Bird watching Preservation Society) guided walk at Gerrans Bay, St Mawes usually led by Steve Rogers (Swoptics). Back to today and my main objective was to photograph the Long Tail Duck that had eluded me on three previous occasion. As you can see below a window of around one minute allowed me to capture a few average shots,shutter speed was a problem. Species we saw is as follows 1, LT Duck, 3 BT Divers, 1 RT Diver, 1 Common Scoter, 1 King fisher 2, Chough, 1 GC Grebe, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Raven, 1 Kestrel 1 Peacock Butterfly, amongst the rest of the common or garden species. We also saw a pod of Dolphin near Halzephron Cove numbering around 20 individuals. I am not that pleased with the results and put it down to movement. Please click on the image to enlarge



  1. Sam and Lisa. You had a good day off . Your sightings were impressive enough and to finally capture and photograph the bird you were after was a bonus.

  2. What a bonus capture,well done to both of you.

  3. Sounds like a good day. The top flight shot is good. Plenty of action.

  4. Really great photos on your blog. The Rook on the yellow lichen roof is fantastic!

  5. Lovely picture of the Long Tailed Duck maybe it is me looking at the picture but has it only got one foot?