Saturday 19 April 2014

More holiday snaps

Having a lovely time in Cornwall blah blah weather has been fine blah blah spent most days on the beach blah blah, the usual postcard drivel, so here's some photos. 
My first Wheatears of the year were seen last week at Marazion
Several males were along the seafront and on the coastal defences
And just the one female
I spent a few hours checking Mount's Bay for a 1st winter drake Surf Scoter and eventually caught up with it from the sea wall in Penzance
This shot shows the diagnostic white patch on the back of the neck and cocked tail
And here showing the pale belly of a first winter bird
A Little Tern was also fishing in the shallows in Mount's Bay
Raven, St Michael's Mount
Rock Pipit, Mount's Bay
Choughs are becoming easier to see around the Cornish coast these days
This one flew over us as we walked the South West Coast Path
A few Whimbrel were seen on migration
An old friend hoves into view off Mousehole
Meadow Pipit enjoying the sunshine
Sparrowhawk hunting at Porthgwarra
At my age, I need a little help with birdspotting. Rowan at Porthgwarra.
Chiffchaff, Tintagel
Fulmar, Tintagel
Our last day in Cornwall was spent at Tintagel.

We spent the previous week telling the children that this was the citadel of Arthurian legend, and how we would find out about the round table, Arthur's exploits and those of his sidekick Merlin. Just about every interpretation board erected by English Heritage pointed out how it was unlikely Arthur ever went there, even if he existed. Which was doubtful. So that rather p***ed on our bonfire.

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