Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Went down to Falmouth this afternoon for a walk around the town, and afterwards took a trip around Castle Drive out to Pendennis Point which is a favourite veiwing place for Falmouth Bay and the Carrack Roads. On parking I noticed in front of me this Buzzard sitting on a flagpole on the Shore line. I have seen a Buzzard here on numerous occasions, but never on this perch which is usually reserved for Herring Gulls. Oh damm I thought having left my DSLR at home and that is something I very rarely do when I go to Falmouth, still I had my compact with me and any shot is better than nothing. So your all wondering whats all the hype about a Common Buzzard.well this area was full of cars and people and when I walked to the edge of the path and started to take shots one or two others started to show interest and out came the cameras. Then the comments started,"what is it I dont think its a seagull or is it? " " Dont know what it is but its beautiful " By this time quite a few people had taken interest, and I was having a quiet chuckle listening to them.
Then a couple turned up with a spotting scope proceeded to set it up on a tripod. Then they were being asked if they knew what it was, after some delibration between the two of them and much looking the lady turned to the interested parties and declared its a PEREGRINE FALCON. I am sorry to say that at this point I was in hysterics, and could not bring myself to correct them. Alas its a pity no one noticed the lovely flock of Goldfinches and the Chiffchaffs sitting in bushes between us and the PERE-BUZZ.