Monday, 18 January 2010


Thought I would take a break from the nature pics for this post, and bring you some photo's of local birding hotspots and apologies for the title it is only intended as a pun. I have been out birding over the weekend and added some enjoyable birds to the year list, namely Bittern, Shoveler, Slavonian Grebe, and Barnacle Goose to name a few. So without further ado here are todays images.


This is the nearest reservior to my home and was constructed in the mid to late 1960's to provide water for Camborne / Redruth and the surrounding area. A shallow valley complete with farm was flooded and in dry Summers when the water level drops you can still see the hedges and some of the buildings.


The walk around the reservior is over 4 miles and over the years a number of rarities have turned up here. So this place is well worth a visit.


Drift Reservior is located approx 4 miles South West of Penzance just off the main A30 Trunk Road, to reach it drive to the top of the village and turn right to Sancreed the Res is about 200 yrds on the right hand side. This is a beautiful location giving great views across the West Cornwall landscape.


Drift is a birding hotspot having turned up many rarities over the years, a lot of rare waders and wildfowl have been located here. Drift is a small reservior by local standards, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in great birding and beauty.

Apoligies for my shadow in the bottom shot but I could not avoid it, I will say it is elongated I am not that tall in reality.


  1. You are very fortunate to have these locations close by. Do I presume there is unrestricted access?
    Most of the best birding reservoirs in Surrey are off limits unless you have a pass!

  2. It certainly is an immensely beautiful location Monty and must be heavenly in good weather and I liked the humorous title too :)

  3. Great shots Monty. We are lucky!