Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Marazion and Loe Pool

A couple of images from Saturday and Monday, harsh lighting one day and dull lighting on the next lol. Despite the light being rubbish for photography is was still good to see the cattle egrets flying into roost (think there were 16 in total). Bonus also seeing the Kingfisher and Roe Deer.

Little Egret Fishing

Oystercatcher feeding

Carrion Crow

Stonechat

Roe Deer

Kingfisher

Cattle Egret flying into roost

Cattle Egrets roosting, with a Grey Heron and Cormorants choosing the same roost

Thursday, 16 February 2017

RNLI Penlee Lifeboat Night Exercise

With about 40 minutes notice of a night exercise with the Penlee Lifeboat and Newquay Coastguard Helicopter I made my way to Newlyn to photograph the event if possible. Well the RNLI duly dispatched the lifeboat on time and the helicopter was closing, when it suddenly did a u-turn to return to base due to impending heavy fog at Newquay airport.  So that was that end of exercise before it started lol (still happens a lot with aviation stuff) . So here are a couple of images from the evening:

Amopea, anchored in Mounts Bay

RNLI Penlee Lifeboat "Ivan Ellen"

RNLI Penlee Lifeboat "Ivan Ellen" returns passed St Michaels Mount

RNLI Penlee Lifeboat "Ivan Ellen"

TO60 returns to Newlyn

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Helston and Marazion

Popped down to Helston and grabbed a shot of the Iceland Gull then went on to Marazion, 30 seconds earlier setting up at the eastern end of the marsh and I would of had a close up shot of the Bittern in flight, still managed to grab a shot before it disappeared into the reed bed. Grey Herons nest building, a shoveler and a Little Egret were my only other pictures. We really need a long cold spell with some snow/ice, lol

Iceland Gull

Bittern

Little Egret

Shoveler

Grey Heron

Grey Herons nest building

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

When the Sun, Earth and Moon all align almost one-behind-another, a penumbral lunar eclipse occurs. Clear skies in Helston, Cornwall allowed me to capture some images although some cloud did try to scupper my efforts around 23:00pm
As the Earth blocks the Sun, sunlight fails to illuminate the Moon’s surface properly.
In this instance,  a slight shadow cast over the surface of the full Moon, which is known as the penumbra. Images in this sequence were taken at 21:12pm, 00:08 am and 00:37am

Full/Snow moon prior to the Penumbra

Penumbral Eclipse timed at 00:08 GMT

Penumbral Eclipse time at 00:37 GMT



Friday, 10 February 2017

Hayle, St Erth and Marazion

A fairly good day weather wise little wind and some sun, managed to get around a bit. Witnessed a grey Heron struggling for an hour to swallow a large fish that he stole off some carrion crows, got the avocet at Hayle a little closer, followed by a Cattle Egret at St Erth. The cattle egret was a little awkward due to the sun intensity at times but did manage some ok images. Rounded off the day with a Roe deer at Marazion.

Avocet

Grey Heron

Sunny day for a bathe

Lapwing

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

Roe Deer

Monday, 6 February 2017

Avocet at Hayle

Quick visit to Hayle (Ryans Field) to see if I could get some reasonable shots of the Avocet. Just managed some record shots only before the bird was spooked by gulls and flew over the other side to the estuary.

Lapwing

Curlew

Avocet

Avocet