These images are probably the most important shots I captured at yesterdays sea watch. Long Tailed Skuas are known as the rarest species of Skua we see in Cornwall and at distance they can be difficult to differentiate from the juv Arctic Skua. You will note the barring on the rump and that is one identifying feature, also the the wing primary quills show at the most two white stripes (on the Arctic this can be as much as five or six and gives the appearance of a white panel) and thirdly the overall appearance is one of a grey cold look. I am told that this could be the first image captured of a Long Tailed Skua migrating through the Cornish Seas.
I did a sea watch today at Pendeen, the three hour morning session without the camera produced some superb views of seabirds, Sabine's were prominent with a couple of Leach's Petrel outside the rocks, I also had Sooty Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater Pomarine Skua, ArcticSkua, Great Skua, Grey Phalerope and a possible juv Longtail Skua.. The images were captured during the afternoon.
Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus ( Pale Morph)
The Wader fest go's on, thanks to the recent hurricane that must have caused massive disruption to the annual North American Wader migration, as loads of rare Americans have been dumped on our county. This evening I captured this Lesser Yellow Legs having dipped on the rarer Greater Yellow Legs the night before. These images were taken at Drift reservoir we also saw the Semi-palmated Sandpiper (another North American species.
What a birding, week Baird's Sandpiper, Buff Breasted Sandpiper and
Pectorals seen in West Cornwall and I missed it. The family, with the
new addition, spent four days in Centre Parks at Longleat. It was my first experience of Centre Parks and we had a great time. The site is located in Longleat
Forest with Plenty of Grey Squirrels ( vermin to some)and the usual
woodland birds such as Coal Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Woodpeckers
and Tawny Owls. The highlight was a Badger family visiting our patio
area in the late evening, with only the double glazing of the patio door
between us and the Badgers we had really close views, at one point
there were five together feeding on peanuts,
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....