Glossy ibis at the pool this morning ! C.8.15am Saw it take off out the reedbeed at the back of the pool and circle a couple of times before heading off north- might have roosted there so might be worth looking for coming or going into roost the next couple of days. Update Its 9.20 and just seen it again- its missing some wing feathers on one wing so I'm sure its the same individual. ReportJohn Rance. A nice sighting that John. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Photos taken in the summer and the pond at Par beach was getting very low on water and creating muddy islands which were frequented by a flock of 12 dunlin. They were very busy feeding and i could get very close and take some nice close up photos at ground level with some odd looks from passers by. Also treated to a ariel display on several occasions when they would fly off and return to the same place. Andy Cross
Met up with Andrew Carey late this afternoon at Par beach and got talking about how there is not much around at the moment and with the car park fees not many people are going there. I have been going to Spit beach trying to take some nice photos of the male black redstart but very camra shy.Went out on the rocks and took this photo of a ringed plover Andy Cross
Parked up at the side of the indian restaurant rather than pay to have a ten minute look over the pond but no need to go anywhere as there were a pair of swallows flying down to a small muddy pool and scooping mud and small twigs . They were busy doing this for about an hour and was able to take several photos without leaving the car
Went down to Par beach pond this afternoon and noticed this longlegged wader on the opposite side of the pond time i got round there he had flown around to where i was earlier .Caught up with him and took some really nice photos. I am glad Andy Carey turned up as i was not quite sure what it was. Andy said it was a juvenile Black tailed Godwit now coming out in summer plummage. What a stunning colour. Andy Cross
Hi. I am back online had problems with sending photos etc. Anyway here is a rare photo of a heron on Par beach pond which i took quite a while ago . You dont see herons feeding at the pond much now. Its proberly due to lack of fish ? Hope this photo got through. Andy Cross.
I was down at the weekend and enjoyed the brief respite in the weather. I took my wife's dog for a run on spit beach ( he loves it but not good for watching birds!). No interesting birds but I was surprised to see Canada Geese on top of the drying sheds. Also amazed to see the damage to the Harbour wall from Friday nights storm. Photos attached.
A Market Town since 1189 and has now undergone a major regeneration program .
The new shopping and leisure centre (White River Place) opened October 2009 and employs 500 - 700 people.
Imery's modernized China Clay industry employs 2000 which is a huge drop from the early 20th Century when tin, copper and china clay found in the hills made St Austell a major Cornish industrial centre.
Another industry still alive and kicking is the St Austell Brewery which celebrated 150 years of trading in 2001.
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