Thursday, 17 March 2011


Report and Photographs. Nigel Climpson

An interesting afternoon in the Luxulyan Valley. Very difficult for photography. All pictures ISO 1600 and about 1/100 sec at f5.6. hand held !
A pair of Dippers and a stunning male Grey Wagtail on the river just up from Ponts Mill.
Still several Redwings to be seen.
On the way back at 5pm a Water Rail just below the turbine house at Ponts Mill, and a bat, assumed Pipistrelle, circling above. I have no doubt that somebody will correct me if wrong.
Nice photographs Nigel and considering the light conditions you have done really well


  1. Four great shots there from Nigel, especially the Bat - very hard to capture - fab!

  2. Over 25yrs visiting Pontsmill yet never seen (or heard) a Water Rail, let alone photographed one ! Other 3 items are noteable Pontsmill residents, Grey wags splendid at this season. Re the Bat, probably Pipistrelle yes, but 'large' colony of Lesser Horseshoes in private dwelling withing 400yds of turbine. Check it out Batmen ! Superb, considering poor light on 17th March.


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