I am now ready to share with you day two of my holiday in Cornwall and I have two say it was great. The place I am going to be talking about is one of my favorite beaches.... Porthcurno; it is quite a walk down to the beach itself, however there is splendid scenery and wildlife to watch on the way down, for example, the same pair of Buzzards were back nesting in a Pine Tree about 50 meters away from the path (they have been there for the last two years) and there are also plenty of butterflies.
Walking to the beach doesn't deliver all the wildlife though; once the sand has reached about 20 meters out it suddenly drops rather steeply. Where the sea meets the sand, it continues to drop until the sea is rather deep which is where I I was able to enjoy lots of sea life. On this visit I was lucky enough to see one or maybe two Basking Sharks which were joined by the Gannets and Arctic Terns.
We think there were two sharks due to distinguishing the fin shapes. These species of shark is quite common at Porthcurno however I have never seen one before so it was really exciting watching these gentle giants.
We think this one is the biggest however we do not know for sure. This species of shark is a filter feeder so it was feeding on plankton, however the reason Gannets and Terns were there was because a massive shoal of sea bass was being dragged in by the tide.
After that day I thought what a perfect first full day of my holiday. It was amazing watching the adult and juvenile Gannets diving into the water again and again.
Mum let me use her pictures as I hadn't taken my camera down to the beach. I definitely won't leave it behind next time though
By the way I am really looking forward to bird fair tomorrow.