A good five hours out today with a walking encyclopedia on birds, the first stop was at Penzance to see the Rosy Starling , unfortunately no luck and we gave up within half an hour . Although the residents we met were friendly it was not the best place to bird watch. We then had news that a Waxwing was still at Treneere so it was onto Treneere, and we got some obscured views of it feeding on a Cotoneaster. How amazing is that, a Waxwing still in Cornwall at the end of March. We pessimistically went on to Kenneggy Cove hoping to see the Velvet Scoter, and after a few wrong turns we found the cove and the Velvet Scoter, what a bonus, another tick for the day. Decisions, decisions where next, we decided to go to Hayle Estuary and was I glad we did. We found six Ruff ( Philomachus pugnax) on the estuary, a species, I was yet to photograph in Cornwall. We also found a staggering Black Tailed Godwit in full summer plumage, a great day and a blog to follow with the Blackwit.
Here are a couple of images of the Ist Winter Greenland White-fronted Goose at Drift Dam (CBWPS Reserve). This individual has overwintered mainly at Drift Dam, and if you saw it when it first appeared you will note the significant development of its white facial blaze.These images were brilliantly digiscoped by John Swann. Please note these images do not belong to me ,so if you want to use them please contact John through the comments section of this blog.
Lisa and I had a midweek break to Dartmoor, we took a walk around Yarner Wood and come across a couple of Siskin on feeders around a bird hide. I only took the compact camera, and sorely wished that I had taken the DSLR when presented with the opportunity to photograph woodland birds so close. There were Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was also being tracked around the woods, the Lesser Spotted had been on the feeders earlier. As usual I missed the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.
A trip to Walmsley today in bright sunshine. My aim was to photograph the three Spoonbill and Tundra Peregrine, no luck with the peregrine and only just managed a flight shot of the Spoonbill. Plenty of Reed Bunting around and we had a reasonable views of the Pink Foot geese and the Tundra Bean Goose, we also viewed a Green Sandpiper, Black tail Godwit along with the Pochard, Gadwell, Shoveler Duck, Bullfinch etc. I had a great day with good company, namely Adrian Davey, a highly experienced wildlife photographer and known as the Andy Rouse of Launceston (lanson)http://www.adriandaveybirdphotography.co.uk/index.html have a look at his web site .
Sam and Lisa are keen photographers with a particular interest in birds and wildlife in Cornwall. We have always been interested in photography but the improvements to digital cameras have renewed our interest. We hope you will enjoy viewing our photo blog!
Our equipment is as follows: I shoot with a Nikon D300 and D800e Camera and my lenses are a 300mm F/2.8 VR, 2.0 x Nikon Teleconverter,300 to 800mm Sigma Zoom and an 18 -200mm Nikon Zoom. Lisa has a Nikon D90 with HD Video capabilities and the 18-105mm Nikon Zoom. She also commandeers my lenses when needed! I shoot always in RAW format....