The Safari was able to get an hour down at the old dock where mooring pontoons have been commandeered by a colony of nesting terns. Actually there wasn't anywhere to sit so we were standing against the railings.The terns are sat on their nests right below your feet!
Mute Swan's nest was this Arctic Tern sitting tight. The swan's nest is constructed between heaps of driftwood.
Common Tern's nest in the first pic got trodden on by the male Mute Swan as he clambered aboard the pontoon to join his mate. Somehow he only managed to kick a bit of cardboard over the eggs and managed not to crush them. Not the best place to build your nest - bit like pitching a flimsy tent in the inside lane of the M6 and hoping the trucks won't squish you.
On the way back to Base Camp we stopped briefly at the neaby marsh where a number of House Martins were busy collecting mud for ttheir nests. Is it just us or do numbers of these little beauties and Swifts appear well down this summer?
Redshanks, Lapwings and snoozing Mallards.
Then out of cover close by, perhaps worried about the barking from Monty as we'd left him in the car and he wasn't happy, came a family of Shovelers. Good to have them nesting in our area, let's hope at least a couple of the ducklings survive.
Northern Marsh Orchid in the tub by the sitting room window.
Herb Robert self seeds into every available space buut we don't mind as it's cheery and the bees and other insects love it.
|Botallack's Meeter-n-Greeter in-chief - - no-one was allowed to pass without giving him a tickle on the chin|
|Bumblebee sp on Gorse|
|Black Lipped Banded Snail - yellow un-banded form|
|Navelwort - very common on the dry stone walls around the village and cliffs, in fact it grow where-ever it could find the tiniest toe-hold|
|Mine chimney built with granite|
|Cape Cornwall - originally thought to be Britain's most westerly point until someone measured Land's End properly - - there's five Grey Seals in the cove bottling just behind the surf|
|Cape Cornwall again|
In the meantime let us know who has to be seen in your outback.