Joe Pender Wildlife Photography

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Great Blue Heron 2nd for Britain 2nd for Scilly.


On Tuesday evening I got a call to say there was a Great Blue Heron in Old Town bay this being only the 2nd for Britain and the 1st for Britain was also on Scilly in December 2007 and was also found by the same local birder Ash Fisher it was still present in Old Town on Wednesday morning but flew off when the tide came in it was relocated in Holy vale in the afternoon but was only seen by a few birders , there was no further sign until this evening when some one photographed it on the pool on Bryher were a few birders who stayed over managed to catch up with it , I imagine that there will be more bird watchers coming over in the next few days trying to catch up with it.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Long-tailed Duck

This Long-tailed Duck was in the harbour yesterday , I first photographed this duck back in November and it has gone through various molts since then.

Sunday, 12 April 2015


One of three Hoopoes on Pennins Yesterday and I saw a fourth bird on the Garrison .

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Hoopoe + Common Redstart

Over the last few days the spring migration has gone ballistic with over 10 Night Herons around to Start with and today has seen a influx of Hoopoe's with at least 10 around the Islands today and 10 + Common Redstart's around the Islands plus lot of other migrants.

Ring Ouzel's plus Osprey

I had a quick walk around Bants carn last night were there were at least 8 Ring Ouzels , then when driving home I managed to catch up with one of at least 2 Ospreys that have been seen over the last couple of days .

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Adult Night Heron

This Adult Night Heron was circling over the Lower moors on Monday afternoon , plus a few of the more common birds were around the hide.

Monday, 6 April 2015

1st Summer Night Heron

This 1st Summer Night Heron was at Porth hellick last night as well as this male Hen Harrier , there has been a small influx of Night Herons on scilly this week with up to six on St Mary's one on St Agnes and at least three on Tresco.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Drake long-tailed Duck

The Long-tailed ducks  breeding habitat is in tundra pools and marshes, but also along sea coasts and in large mountain lakes in the North Atlantic region, Alaska, northern Canada, northern Europe and Russia. The nest is located on the ground near water; it is built using vegetation and lined with down. They are migratory and winter along the eastern and western coasts of North America, on the Great Lakes, coastal northern Europe and Asia, with stragglers to the Black Sea. The most important wintering area is the Baltic Sea, where a total of about 4.5 million gather.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Drake long-tailed Duck

This near Adult Drake long-tailed Duck has over wintered in New Grimsbey Harbour.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Drake Black Duck

The Drake Black Duck was off Tresco this morning with a group of Mallards .

Monday, 26 January 2015

2nd Winter Drake Long tailed Duck

This Long-tailed Duck has been around in New-Grimsby harbour since early November .

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Black & Slavonian Grebes

Black Necked Grebes
Black Necked Grebe

Black Necked Grebe

Slavonian Grebes

Slavonian Grebes

Slavonian Grebes
A trip around in the punt this afternoon produced 2x Slavonian Grebes 2x Black-necked Grebes 2x Common Scoters 1x Long-tailed Duck 10+ Great Northern Divers.

Monday, 19 January 2015

American Black Duck

Black Duck

Black Duck

Black-necked Grebe

Brent Geese

Brent Goose

Grey Plovers

Grey Plovers
Me and Higgo one of the local birders went out in the punt this afternoon for a few hours to see if we could catch up with  the Slavonian Grebes I found last week , on the way we saw the Brent Geese near Bar Point and there were several Great Northern Divers around the Islands but there was no sign of thew Slavonian Grebes , so we headed off towards Tresco were the Black-necked Grebes had been seen near Carn-near and were still there when we arrived , we carried on towards Samson and found a small group of  Grey Plovers, and before heading back home we  had a look through the Ducks on the Samson shore were there was a mixture of Teal Gadwall and Mallard as we approached the group of  Mallard I noticed there was a very Dark looking Bird that looked good for a American Black Duck they all took flight as we approached I managed to get a few shots before it flew off with the rest of the Mallards , the photos comfirmed it to be a Black Duck as we thought.