Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Pelican and Whimbrel

It would have been rude not to, so another night in Penzance was booked and I made my way on public transport to Point Quay. By 10.45 I was overlooking the very nice Restronguet Creek towards a very distant, large white blob. Through the scope this turned into the Dalmatian Pelican, pretty inactive while I was there, but impressive none the less due to its immense size.

Dalmatian Pelican- looking wild
My luck was in, as a birder (John) turned up and after briefly viewing the Pelican he offered a lift to Perranuthnoe for the Hudsonian Whimbrel. Unfortunately for John the three hours we spent scrambling over rocks failed to turn up the rare Whimbrel. Not long after he left a birder picked up a Whimbrel on a distant, rocky island. After another hour the bird flew a bit closer to reveal the tell-tale dark rump and underwing. The Hudsonian was in the bag! A seven mile walk back to the digs in the baking sun followed.

Hudsonian Whimbrel

A couple of very bad and distant flight shots show the dark underwing, tail and rump.

St Michael's Mount

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