Choughs and Kingfishers

August 20, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Last week my wife and I spent a few days in Cornwall, the camera somehow found its way in the car as well (not sure how that happened!) One one of the days I suggested a walk around Kynance cove which coincidentally is home to some breeding Choughs although they are not always easy to find. Within minutes of getting out of the car my wife spotted six black birds on the grassy slopes of the cliff edge, sure enough it was Choughs.

Camera now attached to tripod I slowly edged closer, the sun was high and bright and with lots of other people out walking I only had a limited time before they would be disturbed so I took some shots as soon as I could even though they were distant.

Kynance cove This photo was taken with my iPhone and shows the grassy slopes favoured by the Choughs when I was there.

After our few days away I couldnt resist seeing the Kingfisher again so another early start and I was all set up and in my hide by 6.45am within about 30-40 minutes the Kingfisher was once again in front of me. I stayed until 1pm and in that time the bird was never away from the perch for more than about twenty minutes. This time I tried to capture a few shots as he landed on the perch after diving in the river for fish. I did manage a few but as this was my first attempt I am sure I will improve on it as time goes by.

 

 


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