So we have reached the Last Day of Becky’s September square photo challenge! She would like us to share photos which embrace ‘pink’ – there could be pink in the photo, the subject or photographer could be ‘tickled pink’*, or indeed looking ‘in the pink’*. A photo that manages to do all three things is the ultimate offering.
I was going to finish with a flurry of lovely September flowers, but I was so excited to see this bird I had to use it instead. This red-legged, red-billed member of the crow family earned itself the name ‘Cornish chough’ (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) because of its close association with the Duchy for several hundred years.
I was tickled pink (or you could say "chuffed") to finally see not one, but two Cornish choughs at Godrevey Point on Thursday. I had just finished photographing several Grey Seals on the beach so my day was perfect.
The chough’s (pronounced chuff) symbolism for Cornwall can be easily found for it features on the coat of arms, proudly sitting on top of the crest flanked by a tin miner and fisherman as a striking reminder of Cornwall’s proud traditions. The chough’s Cornish name, Palores, means Digger, a reference no doubt to its habit of digging away at loose soil to find invertebrates.
It has been a lovely Pink month here on Travel Words, I hope you have enjoyed looking at the photos and I thank Becky for being an excellent hostess of this quirky square challenge. I am certain she needs a good couple of months off now for a rest. Thank you once again Becky!
*‘in the pink’ means in perfect condition, or in good health, and ‘tickled pink’ means delighted.
September Squares | Pink
32 thoughts on “Square September: Pink”
Oh, wow! Many years since I have seen a Chough, Jude! No wonder you were chuffed! It has THE most pink/red legs!
I never thought I would see one Sue as they are quite rare.
We’ve yet to see one properly! I’m so jealous!!
I never thought I’d get to see one. I know there are some on the Lizard, but the cliffs there are very steep. It was astonishing to round the bend on the Point and see them feeding on the grass right next to the path.
We have seen them from a moving car in Portugal but yet to see in person let alone photograph. So to see and photograph them in this country – unforgettable 🤗
I have never seen one, but it’s a great send-off to this challenge.
Well done all of you!
Best wishes, Pete. x
Thank you Pete. I can’t tell you how absurdly happy I was to see the choughs (and the seals). 🙂
Goodness me -he’s cute! On board a super duper size plane with WiFi still connected! Algarve may be full when we get there. But not our bit! Last hugs 😃😃 xx
What are you like!!! Hope you’ve arrived safely by now and are all settled in.
First walk completed, though it was a bit hot, and the cough hasn’t gone yet. Lazy day tomorrow. 🙂 🙂
Fabulous you’ve got your first walk in, hope though you are guzzling the wine (oops….I mean water 😉) for your cough in those temps!
Yes I have been. (both 😃 I reckon the more the better! ) Struggling with Internet Becky so I’ll visit when I can xx
Look after yourself. Coughs are not good and can easily turn into something a lot worse.
Very handsome birds!
Aren’t they just? I never realised just how red their beaks and legs are. Have you seen one?
Amazing Jude. This is the pink icing on the cake. What a fantastic capture.
Just in time for the end of the challenge 😀
The bird’s beak certainly stands out against its black feathers.
Clearly he was just waiting for the right moment to appear so that he could star in your Pink series! 🙂
Just in time!
Lucky you had your camera!
I always have my camera unless I am only going to the supermarket. On this occasion I was intending to photograph the beach.
I suppose I always have my phone (and its camera) with me, but not always my ‘real’ camera. Maybe you should also take it to the supermarket – who knows what you could be missing! 🙂
I can sense how chuffed you were to see them. Thanks for informing us of their significance. Are they endangered?
They disappeared entirely from Cornwall for over twenty years but are making a return. Only found on the west coast of the UK. Not endangered, but not common.
How exciting to see a pair!
That’s quite a character! 🙂 I don’t know if I have seen one like this at all – but I might have, totally unbeknown to me. (That’s my standard reply after 6 weeks in Bird School, still struggling to keep them all apart). 🙂
I recognised this one because it is not so commonly seen. I still can’t recognise the different gulls other than the Herring Gull!
We saw a big gull with a broken wing on Blakeney Point. It was picking on a dead pup and didn’t care about us. I asked the ranger, “is this a Herring Gull?” “Hanne, if a Herring Gull was standing next to this one, it would appear quite small. Look at the beak!” Actually it was the biggest Gull in the world, a monster in the air with an eagle 🦅 like wing beat – the Great Black Backed Gull. Mighty impressive!
You get some fascinating birds your way.
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