The 18th was a nice late start for me and gave me a well earned rest from a bird-fueled 17th, my Mum and I decided to have a walk down the local, and notoriously good birdwatching spot Cot Valley. Chaffinches dominated the scene and forced me to search through them for the elusive Brambling. Half an hour passed with no luck inside the hoards, so I gave up! Now at the top of the valley near some stonking cottages we found a wintering Chiffchaff that us birders should agree on being a nice sight (unless it's there for a couple of seconds!)...
caused it to be a blasé. Although, watching them dive and strutt their stuff does cause some excitement. An ultra recognisable bird for me.
After getting back home that evening. A little check near the outflow pipe in Cot Valley seemed appealing. So packed my binos, camera and off I went. NOW sit back, relax and just imagine me out here in stormy weather and very high winds, you must feel rather priveleged that these pictures have come from a boy with just a coat and no gloves, ok? Good, yes I was freezing but was well worth the effort for great views of (for me) a top 3 bird :) Mediterranean Gull or as I'll abbreviate, Med Gull.
Over 20 must have been riding the waves with their beautiful blood red bills, and best of all white wings. Here are some 8 photos of these beauties...
|Look at those white wings|
|One having a little taster along with a 1w on the left|
|Both ad. and 1w again, with ad. bottom right and juvenile flying middle right|
|Oh those white wings :)|
|Just before "touch down"|
|Perfect spread of wings, shame it wasn't a full frame shot...|
|I can see a couple of Med Gulls, how many do you see?|
|It's flying in there somewhere...|
|Directly in the middle|
After that great find of Med gulls I decided to get some rest, and look through all the gull photos, which for most isn't that fun! The next morning I decided to check down there again later that evening and found this along the way, and no, I didn't go back in time, I put sepia effect on :)
Clearly a nice adult, with a good grey plumage. Now onto the next day... We were going to go to Hayle but decided on the way to stop off at Marazion. Unfortunately (as I may have already said) I didn't bring my scope which was handy :( This prevented me from trying to find the site loyal Pacific Diver. This didn't however, stop me from getting down onto the beach.
|1st Winter Med Gull|
|Can you find the Adult Winter Med Gull? remember, white wingtips|
|6 Med Gulls in that shot!|
|A more agressive looking Herring Gull!|
|4 greenshank we saw in total|
|Some flamboyant Great Black-Backed Gulls|
So pretty much sums up a good performance from the birds today. One other thing to note was the presence of 5-6 Bar-Tailed Godwits. I noticed these normally travelled in pairs, could suggest they're bonding before going back to their Arctic breeding grounds? One more check of the gull flocks down Cot Valley produced this...
|The One-Legged Wonder!|
|Summer plumaged white wings!|
|My favourite photo of Choughs that I have taken|
|Showing diagnostic crown... Peek|
|Head on view|
|inbetween transmission from non-breeding to breeding|
This Poo, caused a pooblem, what would you say, please excuse absolutely awful joke!!!
|There are two here, try and find them :)|