Sunday, 29 September 2019

Presumed first winter Caspian Gull .

 Here is a series of shots taken on Thursday afternoon of a gull seen at the Hayle estuary although it felt good for a Caspian i have slight doubts its 100% pure ,the coverts seemed well marked and in certain light the inner primaries did,nt look that pale but look ok in the above shot.Opinions most welcome.














 Pale Bellied Brent Geese ,adult on the right with two juveniles.
 Little Stints.
Little Stint.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Sneaked a couple of hours on the Hayle estuary yesterday morning while waiting for my job to be ready.

 Juvenile Little Stint,i was lucky enough to be sat at the edge of Carnsew Pool  when this delightful  bird flew in to the shoreline on a rising tide giving great views.



 Turnstone.
 Adult Ringed Plover.
 Juvenile Ringed Plover.
 Greenshank.
Just before i left this Peregrine stooped in and helped itself to a med gull for lunch.

Monday, 23 September 2019

This weekend on the Hayle estuary.

 Although distant i managed to get some reasonable shots of the Spotted Redshank here on the left of a Common Redshank.
 Spotted Redshank.
 Greenshank.
 Two of the three Ruff that frequented the estuary over the weekend.
 Third bird in flight with Wigeon.
 Sorry for more pictures of the Osprey but could not resist . Sunday morning the bird circled the estuary before treating us to a fish catching display although it failed on this attempt it soon got what it came for.

 Sees the fish.
 Stoops.
 Not this time.
 Better have another go.
 Patience finally paid off when it caught this fine Grey Mullet.
 A flock of thirty Golden Plover circled the estuary Sunday morning but did,nt land.
 Good numbers of Teal have started to arrive for the winter.
 This fine first winter Yellow Legged Gull dropped in on sunday late morning.

 Note the scapular moult is very advanced compared to the same aged Herring Gulls.
 Very neat black tail band .



Great bird.

Friday, 20 September 2019

Osprey again on Hayle estuary this morning.

 The light was much better this morning.

 Amazingly a second Osprey turned up.
 Distant record shot of the Spotted Redshank in among the Redshanks the middle bird facing right.
Buzzard.