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 [rspb.org.uk].
by Helen Hooker May. 29, 2011 4508 views