Cornish birdlife

by Helen Hooker May. 29, 2011 4508 views

My hopes of practising my landscape photography skills were dashed by the weather today ?? murky, drizzly and grey. Not to be deterred, I went out early this morning in any case and started off at Carbis Bay near St. Ives. I found a young gull sitting on the beach watching the antics of the holiday makers and he seemed quite unfazed by me as I edged closer and closer with my camera. From there I headed to St. Michael??s Mount, just off the coast at Marazion where a more mature gull posed for me on the quayside ?? these Cornish birds certainly aren??t camera shy! To finish off the day I visited Lizard Point, the most southerly point of the UK mainland. It was pretty grey and very blustery but I was delighted to see the choughs and a kestrel, along with lots more gulls. Choughs are very rare and disappeared from the UK in 1973. However, in 2001 a pair decided to make one of the caves at Lizard Point their home and they and their offspring have been living locally ever since, raising a brood each year. As I was chatting to one of the RSPB volunteers they came soaring over us and I fired off a volley of shots ?? I was so thrilled when one of them was sharp! More information about the Cornish Choughs can be found on the RSPB website [].

A Cornish Chough - my favourite sighting of the day!

This kestrel came and hovered right beside the coffee shop terrace while I was sitting there so I grabbed my camera and fired!

This gull had quite a large admiring audience at its chosen nesting spot beside the disused life boat station.

This rocky island is called Shag Island - very appropriately so as it was covered in them! Click to enlarge for the full stormy experience.

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Andrea 8 years, 3 months ago

Great set!

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Moira 8 years, 3 months ago

fantastic set despite the drizzle.

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Eiram Marie 8 years, 3 months ago

wonderful shots, Helen!

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Tom 8 years, 3 months ago

Love the inflight captures well done

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Beth 8 years, 3 months ago

the wings on the chough are so beautiful. great captures and thanks for the history of these survivors!! not what you set out to do but certainly a worthy result

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Josy 8 years, 3 months ago

Excellent set for the free birds

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Jarvo J 8 years, 3 months ago

Great set. I think I like the Cornish cough best. Maybe because I don't think I ever seen one.

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Lynda 8 years, 3 months ago

Great set.

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Felecia 8 years, 3 months ago

Good for you for going out anyway Helen! Love that first gull.

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Riku Ruohomäki 8 years, 3 months ago

Great captures

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David Cardona 8 years, 3 months ago

Nicely done! Great captures and nice perspectives. Thanks for sharing!

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