Birding 5/2/12

Another couple of birding firsts for us on our home turf of Mousehole the weekend. Nothing rare but always good to see something for the first time. After a very cold, but clear week the weekend was overcast with light rain. So I set out onto the sea front at Mousehole not expecting much, but saw this Grey Plover in the distance.

Picture of Grey Plover, Mousehole, Cornwall Feb 2012

As soon as I tried to get nearer, he flew onto rocks further out.  Interestingly enough I had a quick look round the Hide at Hayle on Sunday, took a picture of a Redshank, and when I came to look at the photo there was a Grey Plover very well disguised in the same shot ! .. so 2 in 2 days.

As well as the usual Turnstones, there was Curlew, and down in the harbour 4-5 Dunlins.

Picture of Turnstone, Mousehole Harbour Feb 2012

Rain stopped play on the Saturday. On Sunday had a drive out to Loe Pool, Helston, there had been reports of a Smew in Carminowe creek, but I couldn't see that. Did come across this Great Crested Grebe though :-

Great Crested Grebe, Carminowe Creek Helston, Feb 2012

I need to try and get sharper pictures of all the above now.  One thing I have found is that using Nikon D3100 with my "starter lens", (Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro, NO vibration reduction) is that I get better results at distance by wacking up the ISO to 3200, and going for say F8, and just easing back on the zoom.  The pictures above were taken so far away, and in poor light that they're not really good examples.  I think I'm going to go for the Sigma 500mm zoom next, I'll start saving now 😉