Cornwall is known for its diverse nature and wildlife. Every year, hundreds and even thousands of nature and wildlife enthusiasts come down to Cornwall to have a glimpse of some rare birds, butterflies and other notable species.
I have been sooo lucky to be the "FIRST" one to have seen and photographed the Bearded Vulture, also known as the LAMMERGEIER or OSSIFRAGE in Cornwall in 23rd May 2016. Me and my husband Rob Nicholls cannot believe our luck.
We were actually in Breney Common in Bodmin doing a butterfly survey in preparation for our fieldtrip on Monday, 30th May 2016 for the Cornwall Butterfly and Moth Society Fieldtrip to see the rare Marsh Fritillary.
It was a sunny afternoon, about 2:30pm. We were looking up towards Helman Tor when a large bird, soaring high, came into sight over the ridgeline, heading in a south westerly direction. It’s just gliding gracefully in the sky. The wingspan was probably 9 feet or more, 3 metres.
It was very high, maybe up to 2,000 feet and had a small bird in tow - which was not getting too close. The small bird turned out to be a buzzard!
The Lammageier did not flap its wings. It was just gliding gracefully across the sky. It was huge and unlike anything usually seen in the skies over Cornwall.
Luckily, I was already prepared with my camera and was able to take a few shots.
We were able to watch it for about 12 minutes, before it went out of sight.
Perhaps, a once-in-a-lifetime sighting.
It's nice to sometimes be in the right place, at the right time!
Bearded Vulture, also known as Lammergeier or Ossifrage
23 May 2016, Breney Common, Lanlivery
1st in Cornwall, 1st in the UK
16 May 2016, Drift Reservoir
3 September 2019, Kynance Cove, Lizard Peninsula
17 and 23 October 2018, Treeve Moore near Land's End
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