I had an hour before the beach profile practical started for my geography module so I spent the time wandering between Gylly and Swanpool with the hope of finding and photographing littoralis Rock Pipits and Med Gulls at Swanpool. Rather surprised, I came across this rather obvious littoralis (Scandinavian) Rock Pipit as soon as I set foot on the beach and was rather glad to get decent views of it. Although the light was still rather dim as it was still dawn, I managed to rattle off a couple of pics when suddenly I realised I had also disturbed a stunning male Black Redstart. Another Rock Pipit was also among them but it was a little less photogenic but seemed to be a regular petrosus.
littoralis Rock Pipit
male Black Redstart
The walk between Gylly and Swanpool produced 2 Ringed Plovers roosting on the rocks below the cliff ledge at high tide, 1 Oystercatcher and a little more unusual was a Turnstone (glad to have that on my local patch Falmouth list for the competition) whilst I was glad to see the cliffs between Swanpool and Pennance Point still hosted c.10 Fulmar.
Swanpool had its single reward too with this fine adult winter Mediterranean Gull which I attempted at photographing as it swooped past. Still not quite the result I was hoping for so will have to try a little harder next time.