One year on

Not only has it been a year since volunteering and RSPB Loch of Strathbeg, but WordPress tells me that I’ve had this website for a entire year! So much has happened in that time. Recently I got the exciting news that one of my favourite images taken while volunteering at Strathbeg is now being shown on the welcome sign in their visitor centre!

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Thanks RSPB Warden Ed Grace  for sending me these…

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We’re missing our Hen Harriers - show your support for #HenHarrierDay http://thndr.it/1A74hUp

We’re missing our Hen Harriers - show your support for #HenHarrierDay http://thndr.it/1A74hUp

Is it a bird.. is it a bee..?

"Cos it’s just a hummingbird moth, who’s acting like a bird, that thinks it’s a beeeeeeeeee" - They Might Be Giants…

Is it a bird.. is it a bee..?

"Cos it’s just a hummingbird moth, who’s acting like a bird, that thinks it’s a beeeeeeeeee" - They Might Be Giants…

Magical Scotland - North Uist

Magical Scotland - Uist

With my second year of university wrapped up and the final one arriving at an exciting but alarmingly fast pace it was important to take some time out and have a holiday. Long white sandy beaches, brilliantly situated accommodation with impressive views and stunning wildlife on the doorstep. Yup, camping in the Outer Hebrides was a 5 star trip for an outdoor-addict such as myself. It even catered…

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It’s storming on portland!! 
13 second exposure on bulb mode, hand held. f6.3
A good last night. I always miss this place!

It’s storming on portland!! 

13 second exposure on bulb mode, hand held. f6.3

A good last night. I always miss this place!

Lands End Starlings

Of all the amazing wildlife to be found in this part of Cornwall it was the Starlings that proved to be the best models. Learning to take advantage of messy-eating humans has led to them becoming extremely confident, or at least bold when around people. Even the young birds would eventually (after a fair bit of hesitation) take pieces of fallen food from the feet of the day-trippers. This may not be the most natural way of teaching their young to find food, but it is opportunistic and is in tune with their scavenging instincts. So far, it works well for them, which in turn - works well for me and my camera. 

Greater Black Backed Gull

I have been lucky in my time at Falmouth to gain access to the docks for various reasons. This time RFA Lyme Bay - an auxiliary landing ship - had an open day, and members of the public were transported to this part of the dock for free via Ferry. 

Greater Black Backed Gulls are extremely different to their relative the Herring Gull; they are powerful sea birds that are rarely seen on land. Being in the docks gave me the unexpected opportunity to take these photographs. I have never been so close to one of these gulls, so it was hard not to marvel at its size. The feature that really stood out to me though, was the gulls striking dark blue eye which you cannot appreciate until you see one at close range! 

Poplar Hawk Moth - Two short clips of two fantastic Poplar Hawk Moths found in the moth traps set up by EcoSoc Tremough! Other members provided the “helpful” commentary. 

These two images have just been published here: http://www.cornwallwhaleanddolphinwatching.co.uk/ 

They were taken on a boat trip on the Free Spirit that was run by AK Wildlife Cruises, a team I am soon to become a part of as a voluntary crew member. I look forward to sharing the stories and photographs that are to follow!! 

This morning I rescued this Cockchafer (otherwise know as a may bug) from my flats kitchen sink. It was slightly wet so I left it on some kitchen roll for a while to dry off. Placing it by an open window, I thought it would fly away but it didn’t move. However it became very active when on my hand!

I read that they feed on oak leaves, so that’s where I released it. Though many people find them gross or scary I find their furry belly and intricate antennas absolutely perfect.

This weekend I took part in a Bioblitz that recorded all the species possible at Tremough Campus and the nearby Reservoirs. I photographed the species found and the people taking part to raise awareness of the amazing biodiversity that can be found in these locations. 

This Buzzard (Buteo Buteo) was one of many that gave us a show! 

Bottlenose Dolphins taken from the ferry between Falmouth and St.Mawes. A pod of at least 7 swam and played around us! Incredible creatures. 

Bottlenose Dolphins taken from the ferry between Falmouth and St.Mawes. A pod of at least 7 swam and played around us! Incredible creatures.