Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Yellow Legged Gulls on the Hayle estuary yesterday in between the sunny spells and gloomy weather.

 Adult .
 Adult in flight.
 Adult in flight.
 Shades of grey!!,Adult here on the right with Lesser Black Backed Gull in the middle and Herring Gull on the left for comparison .
 Adult looking to see where the suns gone.
 Second winter.
 Second winter in flight.
 A very distant Third winter.
Third winter in flight.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Juvenile/first winter Glaucous Gull.

 Found this Glaucous Gull on the estuary Sunday morning ,it flew in from the north shortly after nine oclock and after a good wash and preen flew off high to the west about 10.20 am ,only the second one i,ve seen in two years on the estuary ,maybe a female as it did,nt come across as a brute of a bird?.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Spoonbill feeding on small flatfish on the Hayle estuary.







 Lapwing looking splendid in the morning sun.
Adult Common Gull.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Sanderlings feeding on the the beach.

 Sanderlings feeding on the tide line Porthloo beach St Marys IOS .




First winter Mediterranean Gull .
 Common Snipe ,Lower moors St Marys.

Robin in my back garden in the winter sunshine.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

The possible Siberian Oystercatcher form Longipes on the Isles of Scilly 29/10/17.

 Not knowing anything about Siberian Oystercatcher i got a call from Kris Spider Webb informing me that the possible bird was present on Porthloo Beach so i decided to go and have a look . I immediately picked the bird out feeding on the shoreline with about 20 other Oystercatchers ,features of Longipes are said to include a paler browner back longer legs and bill with a nasal grove that runs more than 50% down its length ,more white in the primaries is also said to be a feature.

 Here on the right ,it did appear to be longer legged than the other Oystercatchers and to my eye a slimmer looking bird altogether.

 Although i did not  get any flight shots i did observe it wing stretching as i did with the other Oystercatchers and it did appear to have more white in the primaries .
 In this image the nasal grove looks to exceed 50% of the length of bill.

Like i said i,m no expert on Siberian oystercatcher but hope these images add to the debate.