Tuesday, 19 March 2013


Woke up to a beautiful clear  though cold crisp morning yesterday, and decided to go down to St Gothian Sands & Godrevy to see what was about.
Not a lot of species around, most of the Wildfowl seem to have departed towards their breeding grounds, so decided to walk out to Godrevy Head which is approx 2 miles in each direction and take some scenery and wildlife images to try and give you an idea how this beautiful area looks.

Godrevy Beach with St Gothian Sands pools beyond the Dunes on the left.

One of the earliest Spring visitors this is one of three Male Northern Wheatears I came across. 

Next to Godrevy are the Gwithian & Hayle Towans, shown here at full tide, but when the tide drops you have three miles of golden sands which ends at the entry to Hayle Estuary which you can just see at the far right of the picture.

The view right across St Ives Bay with the town of St Ives are the far right.

A group of Oystercatchers resting on the rocks above the tide line with one Turnstone in the left foreground.

 Another scene across the bay, on the left is the town of Carbis Bay and on the right is St Ives, beyond St Ives is the start of the moorland which continues along the west side of the county to Lands End approx 12 miles away.

Along the footpath towards Godrevy Head and Light.

One of a couple of Rock Pipits I came across during the walk.

Godrevy light stands on a small Island just off the headland and is completely automated these days. 

Close up of the light taken with the 400mm Lens.

Finally this post would not be complete without hearing the familiar drone and seeing this speck arriving across the bay turn into one of the Sea king SAR Helicopters of 771 Navel Air Squadron from RNAS  Culdrose at Helston doing a morning patrol along the coast.
These guys are a really comforting sight for anyone on the sea and along the coast as they give rescue cover 365 days a year, and cannot be given enough praise for the job the do in all weather conditions.

1 comment:

  1. Such beautiful scenery Monty! I still have very fond memories of wonderful holidays at Gwithian Towans, I remember one year the sun never stopped shining and I could have happily stayed there for ever.

    Lovely photo of the Wheatear, a very welcome sight! I missed commenting on your previous post but have enjoyed catching up with it, my favourite photo there is the Robin.