Wednesday, 30 April 2014

A Lifer and Garden Tick

I took this week as an holiday as the weather forecast was good, however as usual the weather changed with a band of rain moving in from the west. I was hanging around home wondering what to do, periodically checking the feeders when I noticed this female Haw finch gorging itself with seed on my bird table. When it ate its fill the Haw finch flew off to the rugby club conifers, then returned twenty minutes later and posed perfectly on the roof of my bird table. It is a first for me and a garden tick. The photo's were taken through double glazing.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Red Rumped Swallow

Today Lisa and I went to Sainsbury's to do some food shopping, (purgatory to me) so I took the Bins, and after shopping I went to Marazion reserve. A quick scan with the naked eye and I picked up a Red Rumped Swallow, further investigation confirmed my ID. Once again no camera, so I scooted home,picked up the camera and raced back to Marazion . I re- found the bird and managed to capture a few images. This is the second Red Rump I have found, the first was in March 2010. The first rare/scarce species for some time for me.

Thursday, 24 April 2014


The last two evenings I have been down to Marazion looking for the rare and scarce. As usual not much luck with that other than 29 Whimbrel (usual for this time of year).

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Eastern Green

I went to Eastern Green hoping for some Sandwich Tern shots, I captured some average shots of the Terns but a couple of Bar Tailed Godwits allowed me into their world.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Red Kite Over The Garden

I spent a good part of Good Friday lounging and lunching in the garden, the weather was superb. With one eye on the sky and one on my grandson I clocked this Red Kite soaring in from the South East. I grabbed the camera and got of a few shots as it flew directly over the garden. Red Kite is a good garden tick for us in the far west of Cornwall. This one is my third.