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Birding 28/01/12

A quick walk round Hayle RSBP site revealed nothing of great interest on Ryans Field ( at least that my small lens could pick up), just caught this distant shot of a Bullfinch on a nearby budlia, thats another first for me 😉

Picture of bullfinch at Hayle, January 2012


Crossing the road revealed some shelducks, and a couple of black tailed Godwits, at least I think they're Godwits based on the long straight beak.

Black tailed Godwit Hayle Estuary Jan 2012

Picture of Shelduck Hayle Estuary Jan 2012


Later on in the day, went down to Longrock beach, near Penzance. It was low tide, and other than gulls not a lot around, then in the distance we saw a pair of Goosanders heading out to sea. Ive seen just one Goosander before, and that was at Hayle Estuary last year.

Goosander off Longrock, near Penzance. Jan 2012

Last Sunday we had a walk out to Levant Tin mine on the north west coast. The national trust have a car park, and it's a nice ( if blustery in January) walk along the coast. Other than a few gulls and some gannets in the distance there wasn't must out in the way of birds. On the way back to the car a Kestrel took great delight in taunting us to come closer for a picture, then swooping down the coast. Nevertheless we managed some great photos :-

Kestrel Levant North Cornwall Jan 12

Kestrel in flight Levant North Cornwall Jan 12



Porthcurno Treen and Pednevounder Beaches

The beaches near Porthcurno in Southwest Cornwall must be amongst the best in Cornwall. The white sand and turquoise blue water really do make you think you are in an island paradise.

Picture of Porthcurno Treen and Pednvounder beaches

Access to Porthcurno beach is straightforward from the car park. At low tide you can walk / paddle to the adjacent beaches of Treen and Pednevounder, but at high tide you will not be able to return to Porthcurno, and have to scale the *very* steep and rocky path back up to the coastal path. Porthcurno is about 15 minutes off the A30, towards Lands End, there is a pay and display car park nearby, with a cafe and shop near the car park. The Minack theatre is a steep walk from the beach, but also has a shop and excellent cafe. For an ideal summers day out, pack a picnic or take a barbecue with you.

Map of porthcurno beach

Pednevounder beach is well known as a naturist beach, so don't be at all surprised, or offended if you see naked people sunbathing, walking, and swimming in the sea.

Picture of naturist on Pednvounder beach