Feeding Frenzy at St Ives
3rd January 2013
Hadn’t taken any photos for a couple of weeks. Visited St Ives last Thursday and approaching Lambeth Walk wondered what everyone was looking at. As I got nearer I could hear the sound of hundreds of gulls. The tide was on the way out and a feeding frenzy was taking place. Amongst the hundreds of gulls I counted over 50 of what I thought were cormorants. A birder nearby told me they were a mixture of shags, cormorants and a few razorbills. I had never seen so many together and so close to the shore. It was quite a sight, though I think most people were taken by the antics of a lone seal having a great time. I only had my mobile phone with me. I took a couple of photos and went off to get my proper camera. By the time I got back the scene wasn’t quite as good as the tide had gone further out. However, the sea was a mass of feeding birds all day long. The three photos below, I believe, are of sprats, young pilchards (sardines).
The above panorama is somewhat lost shown in small format. The original is 24,000 pixels across and shows a huge amount of detail.