Thursday, 28 July 2011

Black Kite

Another first in July, I was driving back from grandad duties this evening when the mobile rang and who should be calling was John and Eva, a Black Kite was at Chapel Carn brea, this was Ideal as I was already on the road heading for Chapel Carn Brea, Arriving within five minutes I jumped out of the car and John immediately got me onto the bird. We had wonderful overhead views then two Ravens harried the Kite and away it went. I drove home, got the camera and returned to the location and was awarded further views of the Black Kite. The images are record shots but who cares, a first for me in Cornwall. I greatly appreciated the call as I missed the one over Drift Reservoir that hung around for three hours.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Pendeen Watch

 With the season of sea watching upon us and a strong North Westerly wind, I ventured down to Pendeen Watch with the big lens hoping for a close shot of an Arctic Skua or Bonxie. No luck with the aforementioned but I did have a few close encounters with the Gannet and a midway encounter with Manx Shearwaters.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

A Mixed Bag

A few images from the last couple of photographic trips, the above and below images are of a Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar feeding on Ragwort, I captured these images at Upton Towans. The image below I experimented with flash gun, another discipline that is confusing to me.
This Tawny Owl I captured in Tregeseal Valley my aim was to try and photograph Bats .
Pyrmidal Orchid

Monday, 11 July 2011

A Sparse Weekend

Three from the weekend, the House Martin was whizzing around Lands End and the Goldfinch and Large Skipper I captured in the garden.

Friday, 8 July 2011


Steve Rogers (SW Optics) kindly showed me the centre of the universe, in Cornwall, for butterflies located at Perranporth. Many Silver Studded Blues were found in a period that is considered to be the end of the first flush of these little stunners. We also found half a dozen Dark Green Fritillary butterflies amongst other species. The first two images are of the Dark Green Fritillary, the third is a Small Skipper and the last a Silver Studded Blue back lit by the sun.