First nice birds of the week were these Whooper Swans,
two here of the ten that were on Porthellick Pool. It was nice to get such close views.
We stumbled upon this small crowed as we walked along the coast path near Giant's Castle.They're homing in on a Wryneck, can you see it? Slight clue added for your convenience.They flushed the bird and it landed on a bramble right next to us, allowing a digiscoping opportunity thus...
The same bird was still drawing the crowds five days later, one photographer has gotten closer than everyone else, see him near the boulder on the left. I zoomed in to see this..
... Do you think he got it?
Another picture of the Wryneck watchers, here taken from across the bay on Penninis Head.
He even got a mention in the Log at the Scillonian Club. The log caller said " Is the Wryneck at the windsock still? Ask that bloke in the yellow if he's seen it!" He certainly wasn't too popular.
A piece of expensive but nevertheless lovely chocolate cake at The Tolman Cafe. Puts me in mind of a song from Mary Poppins, how does it go now? Oh yes, " Feed the birds. two pounds fifty a slice...."
Thirty seconds later!!
Tuesday, and the first successful twitch of the week saw us looking at this Richards Pipit, near the campsite on Bryher, which showed really well despite being in longish grass most of the time.
Waiting for the boat at Bryher quay, what an enthusiastic looking bunch. The bloke in the white cap was the finder of the bird too! Note glorious weather!
Now for a few photos of the 'massive' twitches we saw, massive considering the species involved anyway.
Little Arthur Farm, St. Martin's, in foreground, a small portion of the Radde's Warbler hopefuls, and behind them the densely packed bunch looking at the Little Bunting. This bird was showing down to a few feet at times in some nettles but getting a clear enough view for a record shot was impossible. Nice weather again, see!
Common Rosefinch twitch on St. Mary's. Amazingly if you look closely you can see several young(!) birders in amongst this lot.
Old Town Churchyard, what have we here? Yellow-browed, Radde's again, Firecrest maybe, they look excited don't they, no it's one of these...
A Stick Insect, one of three species naturalized in the Churchyard, I liked these pink spiny ones the best, huge beasts too, about 5-6 inches long.
I didn't get photos of the Little Bunting, or the Radde's and the Rosy Starling on St. Mary's but I was fortunate to get a couple of snaps of the Rosefinch with the S3, shame they were badly lit though.
Naff but not at all grotty.
Let's see ,what else have I got? Oh yes, some scenery shots...
Bishop Rock Lighthouse from the Garrison, note fabulous evening weather! ;-)
Sunset from Penninis Head.
Two regular Scilly sights. A beautiful deserted sandy cove, seen here on St.Martin's.Also a familiar individual seen every October I'm led to believe. Take a closer look, no kids it's NOT Santa on his hols!
Ring Ouzel on The Garrison...
... and again
And finally bird of the trip for me the Lapland Bunting
Watch your step Bun!
So close even Bun takes a photo!
Here's a video too showing it feeding oblivious to my presence.
And finally, finally, here's a couple of candid shots of the protagonists of this tale of a week on The Scillies, looking suitably overjoyed I think!
I took this photo using the hitherto untried self-timer facility on my camera whilst it was balanced on a rock. Don't we look thrilled! The camera objected to taking this picture by throwing its lens cap into a gaping chasm in the rocks. At least the lens didn't crack though! Oh, and note the lovely weather! ;-)
Another scintillating moment on St. Agnes!
Perhaps next year? :-)