Saturday, 31 August 2013

Pendeen Watch

The weather forecast today was supposed to be a North Westerly gusting over 30 mph at times so I went to Pendeen to photograph some of the rarer seabirds on their way south. I got stuck to the bed sheets and didn't get on site until 1100am. The few birders that was on site was leaving, as the wind had veered North East. When this happens the birding switchs off at Pendeen. I stayed until 1600 and got some shots of this close Bonxie (Great Skua) and some Gannet shots as a feeding frenzy took place relatively close, but generally it was poor for birding but a superb day weather wise. All images were taken with a Nikon D300 and a Sigma300/800 f5.6 zoom



Thursday, 29 August 2013

Sanderling Close up

I went to Marazion to catch up with the Citrine Wagtail with camera this time. The day before I caught up with it on the beach about six metres away but only had the binoculars.As usual you don't get a second chance, I couldn't find it on the beach or on the reserve. So I resorted to the old favorite, Sanderling.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Obsessed by Buddliea And Painted Ladies

Garden photography again today, the amount of butterflies in today was phenomenal. Painted Ladies. Wall Browns Red Admiral, Cabbage white and Small Tortoiseshell,feeding mainly on the Buddliea and Cosmos.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Garden Images

I had a look around the garden a few days ago, loads of butterfly's flitting in and out. The best insect was a Humming Bird Hawk Moth feeding on the Buddleia, unfortunately I didn't nail the shot. 

This Wall Brown just would not open its wings.
 Cabbage White butterfly caterpillars
 Cabbage White eggs about 0.5mm tall on Nasturtium

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Drift Reservoir

This is the first outing I have had for a while. Working and helping my youngest with his house has taken up my time. However today I took an early evening trip to Drift to hopefully catch up with some early waders migrating through. I saw four Green Sandpipers and I  had reasonable views of a Kingfisher. I managed to grab a couple of images of a Great Crested Grebe with one of its chicks and a fly by Curlew.It looks like the Great Crested Grebes had a good breeding season at Drift.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Birding From The Garden Chair

Farmer Grose cut the corn field directly behind my house  last week,  the spilled grain and chopped mice brought in hundreds of birds, especially Wood Pigeons, then followed the Raptors in search of an easy meal. All taken with a Nikon D800e and a 70 to 200 f2.8 zoom lens.
 Sparrow Hawk
 Common Buzzard
 Peregrine Falcon