Thursday, 15 August 2019

scilly pelagic - Wilson's once more...

There were 14 Wilson's Petrel on view past the boat this evening, here's a selection of images from the latest 'feast'...






Never really close today, it was get what you can as they passed the stern...




Heading on up the slick where some of them loitered feeding...


Porthellick - Painted lady

Painted Lady butterfly, first one a bit worn, feeding on Purple Loosestrife - a perfect combination...






Quite attractive cryptic underwing pattern too!



Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Porthloo - another Med Gull

Ended up the day checking all the local beaches and once again, the only bird of interest was Mediterranean Gull - this time a 1st summer bird...


Quite mobile but giving a few flight opportunities...


Still retaining some of the dark juvenile feathering...


And clearly loads of wear as moult into 2nd winter plumage continues...




Need an adult now...

Monday, 12 August 2019

Porthellick - Ruff plus a few insects!

Spent a bit of time on terra firma today and this Ruff is spending quite a lot of time at Porthellick pool but was always distant as the pic will testify!


The Speckled Woods here (Pararge aegeria ssp insula) are more striking then on the Uk mainland with a much more 'orange' colour to them...


The Scilly Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina ssp cassiteridum) is another Scilly special.


Lucky to have this Emperor Dragonfly perched outside the Sussex hide (good spot Richard!)


And getting past their best, male and female Common Blue...




Nice to have the sun shining too!

Scilly Pelagic - Seabirds and Sun

A late Wilson's Petrel which I never managed a presentable image of was the class act of an evening spent six miles south of St Mary's. No large Shearwaters again but time to remember the support acts of ever present birds!

Like Manx Sheawater, steaming in low towards the boat for a change!


Before shearing off...




The ever present Fulmar...




And still pitting my wits against the manic fluttery flight of European Storm Petrels!




Finally, a very small Ocean Sunfish, despite being soem 18" accross a mere tiddler!


Waving goodbye...



Sunday, 11 August 2019

Scilly Pelagic - Great Shearwater!

There's often a 'last gasp' bird on these pelagics. Something that hasn't been seen but  turns up out of the blue when all seems lost? We hadn't seen a Great Shearwater and I was on the third trip out, when... just before we were about to head back, what should mysteriously 'appear'?

And  it did show rather well if briefly!


Going...


Going...


Gone!

Scilly Pelagic - Wilson's Petrel supershow!

It was surely just a matter of time before we connected with a Wilson's Petrel and today it all came good... Not just any old Wilson's though, this was a showy bird personified as is zipped, pogo'd and displayed as good as any I've seen for well over an hour!

The classic moment to catch!




But it giving just about every possible angle to capture - if you could keep up with it!!





Just about captured the 'pogo' flight technique, just look at those long legs...




An the moment everyone like to see / capture - them yellow webs :-)


Putting it all together, I'll settle for this moment as my favourite....


And it was still in the wake behind the boat as we steamed in - couldn't shake it off either!

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Scilly Pelagic - Storm Petrels galore!

Today was just as much a day for survival in some pretty wild seas driven by a 40mph south westerly gale. With a 4m swell in the equation, standing up was one achievement, poiting and operating a camera another! But the the European Storm Petrels were in 'their' element, simply business as usual as they effortlessly flew into the gale picking bits of chum up in the slick by the boat...




And they were very close, some flying just 3 or 4 metres off the stern - leading to the ridiculous complaint of 'too close'!! There were plenty to choose from, an estimated 300 + flew past the boat!


Not sure what's going on here?


But it was one of those amazing days where you forget the wind and waves and just marvel at them - simply WOW!


Highlight of today - no contest...

Friday, 9 August 2019

Porthloo - juv Med Gull

With a severe gale blowing from the South West I checked out the sheltered beaches on the opposite side of the island. Porthloo held a decent flock of gulls with a juv Med Gull in amongst them. Med Gulls are one of my favourite birds so I tried to do it justice ...




Feeding somewhat like a Sanderling and the occasional 'bigger' wave gave  a flight opportunity!








Lovely pristine combination of black and white with shades of grey in between...