Wednesday 7 December 2016


The second monthly instalment in my look back at 2016 comes, logically enough, from February. The most fruitful part of the month for wildlife photography was a few days half-term break in Cornwall. Our cottage near Marazion was only a short drive from the undoubted birding highlight of the month, a close encounter with a 1st winter Hudsonian Whimbrel near Perranruthroe. This bird, which first arrived the previous autumn on the Isles of Scilly in first winter plumage, made its way to the mainland and was still being reported within the last few days. Running a close second for photographic highlights was a very entertaining Pallas's Warbler, another long stayer, which spent some time near the Dorset village of Portesham. Six of the best photos from February:
This picture of the Hudsonian Whimbrel at Boat Cove in Cornwall was selected as Birdguides 'Picture of the Week' 
I think this is my favourite photo of it though, for the rocks and the background as much as the bird: my photo of the month and bird of the month for February
This Glaucous Gull in Newlyn Harbour was another highlight of February half-term in Cornwall
Back at home in Poole Harbour, Water Pipits in Lytchett Bay brightened up a few dull February mornings 
Running the Hudsonian Whimbrel a close second for bird of the month was this long-staying Pallas's Warbler
The Goldeneye in Poole Park were very photogenic in February - this the male...
...and this the female

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