The Dalmatian Pelican near Padstow

I went to Padstow yesterday to go and look for the Dalmatian Pelican which has been knocking around in Cornwall (and Devon) since May. It is is the first time this species has ever been recorded in Britain – it normally lives in south eastern Europe.

It is a huge bird – much bigger than a swan

It is quite a scruffy bird – one of its ID features compared to its more common cousin the White Pelican

This flight shot shows the limited black on the secondary wing feathers – White Pelicans have much denser black secondaries

The Camel Estuary where it has been living for the last month or so

The Dalmatian Pelican was originally seen on the Land’s End peninsula where it stayed for a few weeks before it went to the the Helford. It has also been to Devon on the Torridge near Barnstaple.

It was a six mile round trip walk to see the bird along the Camel trail from Padstow towards Wadebridge and I was also able to try out my new ‘Scopac’ – a rucksack type of devise with enables me to carry my tripod / telescope on my back – brilliant – should have got one years ago

In celebration afterwards I had a pint of  Proper Job and a Rick Stein take-away fish and chips (after all I was in Padstow) – it may have been expensive (£8.20 for the F & C) but it was the best fish and chips I have ever eaten.

A day in Cornwall

Spent the day in a rainy windy Cornwall yesterday.

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We had decided to go body boarding and Harlyn Bay was the only real option – all the other beaches we went to (Watergate, Porthcothan and Mawgan Porth) were all far too wild.

Cornwall 3Tried out my new winter wetsuit – a trial to get into but really warm and waterproof – wasn’t cold at all after 30 minutes in the sea. It was mushy in the waves but great fun for body boarding.

Cornwall 1We then went onto Padstow for lunch  – really busy – always love going to Padstow

Cornwall 4All the trawlers were in the habour for their Christmas holidays

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