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Camel Estuary, Cornwall (1 Viewer)

Max Shearwater

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Some great shots there Edward. It's a place I've favoured lately for waders but have failed to see any dolphins.
Catch my pics on my blog at http://www.images-naturally.co.uk

Adrian.


Just an update: went back to Trebetherick Point this afternoon to watch the dolphins again and had extraordinary views of them jumping clear of the water (http://www.flickr.com/photos/edwardimber/6186072768/in/photostream/.

Also saw several species of wader on the rocks, which I need some help in identifying. I think there were Sanderling and Dunlin (http://www.flickr.com/photos/edwardimber/6185551145/in/photostream) and one Ruff (http://www.flickr.com/photos/edwardimber/6185553269/in/photostream) but I'm not 100%

What do you guys think?

Cheers guys, Edward.
 

Redwood21

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Ah yes I thought it looked too small to be a Ruff but wasn't sure so thanks for the help.

Lovely pictures Adrian, what equipment do you use?

It does seem a great spot for waders and I've got half an eye open for purple sandpipers; has anyone seem them there before?

The dolphins really are spectacular. I've been coming down to trebetherick for years with the family and although we very occasionally see dolphins we've never had anything like this. A pod seems to be frequenting the area and has been for a couple of months from what I hear so fingers crossed for more sightings.

Hopefully we'll go out on the Jubilee Queen and get lucky.

Cheers, Edward.
 
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camelbirder

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Just an update: went back to Trebetherick Point this afternoon to watch the dolphins again and had extraordinary views of them jumping clear of the water (http://www.flickr.com/photos/edwardimber/6186072768/in/photostream/.

Also saw several species of wader on the rocks, which I need some help in identifying. I think there were Sanderling and Dunlin (http://www.flickr.com/photos/edwardimber/6185551145/in/photostream) and one Ruff (http://www.flickr.com/photos/edwardimber/6185553269/in/photostream) but I'm not 100%

What do you guys think?

Cheers guys, Edward.

Hi Edward,

The rocks off Trebetherick Point are an important roosting area for wading birds, with large numbers sometimes present. Did you count the birds that were present?
The area holds peak counts in mid-winter with large numbers of Dunlin, Oystercatcher and ringed Plover often recorded. Purple sandpipers are also occasionally present.
 

Chris Oates

Why does a Black-headed Gull have a brown head...
Hopefully we'll go out on the Jubilee Queen and get lucky.

Cheers, Edward.

Went out on the Jubilee Queen today and saw the pod close up for about half an hour - they came up and rode the bow wave - Skipper was very respectful of them while giving us the best chance of viewing them.
At time to return to Padstow he raced away from them hoping they would follow into the estuary but they didn't so presumably they will still be there tomorrow.
 

Redwood21

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I was on the Jubilee Queen as well yesterday. I've been going out on that boat for about twenty years on holidays and thats the first time I've ever seen Dolphins.
What an experience; just as Chris describes. Truly wonderful to see them that close and bow riding.
Tried to get some photos but to no avail. Amazingly they were actually too close at times for my camera to focus.

All the best, Edward.
 

Qingcol

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The colour ringed Greenshank (ringed 13 Aug 2006 Ythan Estuary) still at Amble Marshes this morning with 22 Greenshank (photo) plus 1 Common Redshank, 8 Black-Tailed Godwit, 3 Northern Lapwing and 2 Common Snipe.
Dragonflies included 5+ Migrant Hawker at Amble Marshes with one at Dinham Flats and one at Wadebridge.
 

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Redwood21

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Hi guys, watching the waders at Trebetherick Point this evening saw Sanderling (10+), Ringed Plover (20+), Dunlin (30+) and Knot (3).
Also several Rock Pipits.

All the best, Edward.
 

camelbirder

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This afternoon on the estuary between Wadebridge and Tregunna the following were noted;
2 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 15 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 47 Mute Swan, 2 Black Swan, 1 Feral Goose, 69 Canada Goose, 4 male Wigeon, 58 Mallard, 22 Teal, 8 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 33 Bar-tailed Godwit, 348 Curlew, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 163 Redshank, 6 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, 512 Black-headed Gull, and 62 Herring Gull.
 

camelbirder

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The Wednesday Bird Walk Group noted the following on the estuary between Wadebridge and Camel Quarry;
28 Bar Tailed Godwit, 3 Blackbird, 325 Black Headed Gull, 2 Black Swan, 2 Blue Tit, 5 Buzzard, 3 Collared Dove, 91 Canada Geese, 3 Carrion Crow, 2 Chaffinch, 19 Cormorant, 256 Curlew, 2 Dunnock, 39 Great Black Backed Gull, 2 Greenfinch, 9 Greenshank, 4 Grey Heron, 4 Grey Wagtail, 157 Herring Gull, 12 House Sparrow, 13 Jackdaw, 3 Lapwing, 31 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Kingfisher, 6 Magpie, 47 Mallard, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 29 Mute Swan, 143 Oystercatcher, 3 Peregrine Falcon (1 with kill), 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Raven, 3 Red Legged Partridge, 147 Redshank, 1 Ring Plover, 2 Robin, 2 Rook, 1 Sparrow Hawk, 1 Spotted Redshank, 14 Starling, 1 Swallow, 8 Wigeon and 8 Wood Pigeon.
 

Qingcol

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Waders on the rocks at Trebetherick Point this morning included, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 64 Dunlin, 23 Ringed Plover, 19 Ostercatcher, 1 Turnstone, 8 Sanderling, 5 Knot and 2 Curlew, plus 5 Northern Wheatear, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 ad Common Tern, 1 juv Sandwich Tern, 1 Lapland Bunting and 8 Rock Pipit near the Point.
 

camelbirder

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This evening on the estuary between Wadebridge and Tregunna the following were present;
2 Cormorant, 11 Little Egret, 3 Heron, 46 Mute Swan, 2 Black Swan, 1 Feral Goose, 8 Wigeon, 6 Mallard, 10 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 14 Dunlin, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 55 Bar-tailed Godwit, 409 Curlew, 7 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 142 Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 604 Black-headed Gull, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Rock Pipit, 7 Siskin over and 77 Carrion Crow.
 

Max Shearwater

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The Bar-taileds are a nice addition to the count Derek. Where were they hanging out?
Adrian.
This evening on the estuary between Wadebridge and Tregunna the following were present;
2 Cormorant, 11 Little Egret, 3 Heron, 46 Mute Swan, 2 Black Swan, 1 Feral Goose, 8 Wigeon, 6 Mallard, 10 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 14 Dunlin, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 55 Bar-tailed Godwit, 409 Curlew, 7 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 142 Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 604 Black-headed Gull, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Rock Pipit, 7 Siskin over and 77 Carrion Crow.
 

camelbirder

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The Bar-taileds are a nice addition to the count Derek. Where were they hanging out?
Adrian.

The main roost during this weeks tides has been a field behind the Camel Trail just past the second cutting from Wadebridge. This evening the majority of both the Curlew and the Bar-tails roosted here, totalling 396 and 42 respectively.
 

Qingcol

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Amble Marshes this morning; birds included 1 Curlew Sandpiper (photo) 60+ Common Snipe with at least 2 'faeroensis types, 12 Northern Lapwing, 22 Greenshank including the Ythan Estuary colour ringed individual, 2 Eurasian Wigeon (photo) and 40+ Eurasian Teal.
 

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Qingcol

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3 Curlew Sandpiper at Amble Marshes this morning, plus 11 Black-Tailed Godwit, 12 Greenshank including colour ringed Ythan Estuary bird, 2 Dunlin,10 Common Snipe and 20+ Eurasian Teal.
 

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Qingcol

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Semipalmated Sandpiper still at Davidstow Airfield this afternoon (photo) plus 1 Little Stint, 6 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 3 Northern Wheatear, 1 Common Snipe and 8 Lesser Black-Backed Gull. A presumed escaped Falcon, small Peregrine/Lugger type with transmitter attached to leg over main runway and old buildings.
 

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Qingcol

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Ploughing the field behind the Burniere Hide this morning produced 400+ Black-Headed and 29 Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Golden Plover and 30+ Skylark. At Dinham Flats 15 Black-Tailed and 50+ Bar-Tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel and 200+ Curlew.
 

Qingcol

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Davidstow Airfield this morning; birds included Semipalmated Sandpiper still, 2 Dotterel accidentally flushed from eastern end of runway, then flew towards Crowdy Res, 1 Golden Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, 5 Northern Wheatear and a possible Pied Wheatear! briefly near the main runway (photo)
 

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camelbirder

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The Wednesday Bird Walk Group noted the following;
28 Bar-tailed Godwit, 325 Black-headed Gull, 2 Black Swan, 91 Canada Goose, 19 Cormorant, 256 Curlew, 39 Great Black-backed Gull, 9 Greenshank, 4 Grey Heron, 4 Grey Wagtail, 157 Herring Gull, 3 Lapwing, 31 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Kingfisher, 47 Mallard, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 29 Mute Swan, 143 Oystercatcher, 3 Peregrine 2 Raven, 147 Redshank, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Spotted Redshank and 8 Wigeon
 

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