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Hayle and Rain

March 28th, 2009 by admin

Couldn’t think of a better way of putting it today, manky mizzely day with a few bright periods but Frikkin Cold again.. roll on next weeks high pressure spells again.

Due to the rain we headed for The memorial Hide at hayle and found .. bugger all (now there’s a surprise).. one Mute swan and 2 herring gulls on the main pool at ryans field and a couple of Mallard on the back pool  1 albino (domestic) and then the swan took off and buggered off across the Saltings and up the estuary…

Albino Mallard or Domestic?

Albino Mallard or Domestic?

Crossed over the road to have a look for the cattle egrets but again Bugger all, well a pair of Teal a redshank wrestling something and lots of blackheads black backs and herring gulls

Back to the van and off for a ride up the saltings in search of the elusive cattle egrets (which have probably moved on by now.. all we saw were a few small egrets


A Herring Landed nearby after diving for a small crab which made a nice couple of images

A couple of obliging Cormorants took the trip down the saltings affording us a few nice shots as the tide rolled in.. its a really nice setting to watch the tide from, kinda reminds me a lot of Old Otis Reddings dock of the bay (without the ships lol)

That more or less wrapped it up for me.. I was getting a lot of pain in my hands with the ruddy arthritis so decided to head over for our usual stopoff at Mazza and Newlyn on our way home..

The usual Herons swans and rabbits on the marsh and Bob mailed me later to say he’d found the barn swallow that some had reported seeing, meanwhile I was looking over at the sunshine from Penzance harbour and the one remaining sandwich tern..

Thats it for today folks, all in all not a bad day for the weather conditions.. hope you enjoyed a few of the pics..




Marazion marsh – 26th March 2009

March 27th, 2009 by admin

Another Hospital appointment this morning with my Occupational therapist and suffering quite a lot of pain in the hands and feet from the RA, so we decided to stay local on the Marsh today for a change :)

Started off hanging over the gate while having lunch and got a few more nice shots of the herons for the library collection..



 Just stopped for a while to have another unsuccessful attempt at getting good shots of the sand martins and a little Grebe ran past… on the water.:)


Met up with paul who told me there were some Sandwich Terns further down the bay so we set off in search and found them sitting on the Bouys by the harbour wall.. so we’ll round off today with a couple of the shots..

We’ll see what the morrow brings :)

Night all :):D

Plenty to Crow about – Tehiddy to Maz via Gwithian

March 27th, 2009 by admin

Hospital appointments.. well at least they drag me out and about, so after seeing my Spesh we headed off to meet up with Bob who was already at Tehiddy in search of Jays..
One thing about tehiddy, there’s always something to photograph, and as usual we were greeted in the car park by the calls and commotions of the crows nesting and claiming territory..

Bob and I set off to our selected spot leaving leanne to brew some tea for lunch :), we stopped briefly for Bob to grab a few shots of the squirrels playing and scavenging for food.. Meanwhile I spotted a couple of great Tits and a chiff chaff in the wooded area beyond the lake.. bob went off to find the Jays.


 I was then distracted by a nosey Squirrel who wanted to know what I was up to pointing this thing up at His tree…

  I crept past where Bob was set up and left him in peace to find his Jays and wandered down the bottom by the stream and came upon one hell of a commotion.. I was a little unprepared for what I saw next.. live pornography in Tehiddy woods lol I suppose this is what they call a duckdoo the mallards were going for it big time..  The stars of the show agreed to pose for me first..


And then the Gang Bang commenced in Earnest :)

 Well enough of the excitement for me I decided to walk back up to the lake and get a few shots of the grebes, as I walked up the path a Jay decided to descend and park itself on a branch right in front of me.. I looked around to see bob trying to get across the woods to where I was to shoot it.. well I thought I’d best at least get a shot just in case..

 Truth is I shot about 10 shots and as Bob arrived to set up his camera, the Jay Flew off into the woods.. but at Least Bob had managed to get a nice shot of one through the trees so he was happy :)

Up past the lake and a couple of shots of a Little Grebe but no luck with his fishing today, and then back to the noisy car park and the Crows.

 Well that kinda wrapped up for Tehiddy.. we left and headed home via Gothian sands for a quick look but it was really windswept.. just a raven enjoying something and a couple of jackdaws along with the usual pipits mallards and shell ducks..

 Final Call at marazion on the way through to Paul, just a snipe and Gadwall so we called  it a day and went home for tea..

not a bad days shoot to say we were at treliske at 1-30pm :)


Hells Mouth to Tehiddy

March 24th, 2009 by admin

A bit too windy to be on the shore today so we decided to head over to tehiddy and see what was about around the lakes..
I decided on the way to stop off at Hells Mouth and take a quick look over to see the Cormorants Nesting, not always easy for me as I suffer terribly from Vertigo but hey sometimes ya have to face em lol…. Here’s the Cormorants!

Bob decided to get a bit closer to get the money shots lol, problem with Vertigo is its not just the wobble ya get when you’re looking down, its the bigger wobble ya get when someone else is too close to the edge.. a wierd and wonderful world is vertigo.. I had to get my back against the bank to take this….

Needless to say he got some great shots, sometimes as i say ya have to let them have it :) and enjoy what ya got

Well on to tehiddy… was it worth it?? well it was for leanne who got some great shots of the Jays while Bob and iI were still squinting to try and see where they were.. Mind you I got the Buzzard and that was worth the wait..

being closely watched by Jackdaws

being closely watched by Jackdaws



Having reviewed these I retract my earlier statemen, yes it definately was worth the trip even facing Wayne & Waynetta who wanted to know if I was looking for squirrels cos they’d just seen one was worth it..

Well that was that as the skies clouded over and we lost light in the woods we headed for the van and a nice cuppa before stopping off at mazza on the way home and regardless of the shite pics due to poor light Gale force cross shore winds and BLOODY DOG WALKERS.. I witnessed the strangest thing which I’ll show in the next post as it needs a post of its own so stay tuned!!!!!

St Gothian Sands Nature Reserve

March 23rd, 2009 by admin

Reserved for What thats the question? ruddy dog walkers!! why do they insist on walking right round the lakes instead of moving over onto the sand dunes especially when they see photographers or watchers pointing scopes and large lenses, its like an incessant desire to walk right in front of the area you’re shooting.. personally I’d like to take up another kind of shooting with a high powered rifle on some of them.. the owners that is not the dogs. I was going to call them handlers but as most seem unable to handle their dogs without shrieking at the tops of their voices threateningly at them for chasing mallards to no avail, I figured Owners was better.
ANYHOW, my pet hate aside on to better things and this glorious sunshine we’ve been having has flattened the surf and left Bob and I free to scout around the pools and see whats about.. (By the way Bob is becoming quite the avid birder these days and now has his own blog so check it out at http://bobsharplesphotography.blogspot.com/ )

Bob announced he’d lost a screw, and after I realised he didn’t mean his Girlfriend had b**&red off I held watch on the camera’s while he ran off to the van to see if he could find it.

The skylarks were singing Merrily, though one sand a bit too sweetly and caught the attention of a Greater Black Backed Gull that almost snatched it out of the sky.. after a bit of a chase he gave up and continued on leaving the skylark nervously singing high in the sky..

Nervous Skylark after his ordeal
Nervous Skylark after his ordeal

 Nothing extremely out of the ordinary around the pools today though, plenty of Pipits, wagtails, Mallards etc having their usual frollicks at this time of year…

Mallard Chase
Mallard Chase

Meanwhile I spotted this Meadow Pipit, which reminded me for some reason of Amnesty international, gues its the symbol of the serenity of freedom broken by the barbed wire of  Oppression (or in this case Protection)…. I had a mispent Youth :)

There was also a couple of males and definately one female wheatears flitting about in glorious plumage..

We spent an amusing 10 minutes trying to photograph the sand martins which in my opinion is a bit like trying to photograph a bat, another species I’ve been unsuccessful with as yet, anyhow here’s my attempt!

Well that about wraps up yesterdays pics from Godrevy/Gwithian, so I’ll finish up with this charming little Dunnock I’d spotted earlier who came out for a spot of evening sun..

See y’all soon