The walk from Porthleven to Falmouth is fifty-odd miles and crosses a range of terrains and habitats from meadows to disused quarries on the South-West Cornish coast path. I was lucky enough to walk it during four glorious days of sunshine, seeing a multitude of wildlife enjoying the warm weather. Elusive Adders bathed in the sun while Skylarks fluttered and sang out loud on the exposed heathland, whereas in the more confined woodland paths Foxes and Stoats dashed past as busy birds were feeding their recently fledged young. One of the most interesting species I saw was the Woodchat Shrike; this is certainly a very unusual bird to see in the UK as it mainly sticks to the mainland continent. However occasional sightings are made and on close inspection the individual looks a lot like one. A long walk that regularly is changed by the habitat type surrounding it is an ideal way of seeing multiple different species in a relatively short time frame and I could not recommend the South-West Cornish coast path anymore highly.
The summer's sun finally seemed to arrive this weekend which brought out many insects onto leaves to bathe in the warm light, just asking to be photographed with my macro lens. The birds are forever busy feeding their young in the nest as well as the recently fledged.
.At this time of year the Red Kites are nesting in the Lime Tree. They always seem to be on the lookout, flying very low over the surrounding area and getting in scuffles with any species that dare to get close (mainly hoards of Carrion Crows). The juveniles seem to stay completely out of sight, hidden away in the nest until they fledge, with no sign of being there other than their hungry screeches and their down falling onto the grass below.
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