First Sand Martins of the Year and a Sunset

Saturday, March 20, 2010 Adam Tilt 1 Comments


Today has been one of those days that I like to call 'none' days. I was busy for most of it but don't really feel like I have achieved much beyond a hair cut and having a go at some more DIY. The situation wasn't helped much by the day being dominated by wet, windy and foggy weather conditions. I did have time for a quick walk around Sandy Water Park near Llanelli at midday and was very pleased to find my first Sand Martins of the year. A group of nine were flying over the lake and nearby fields. Who knows what they must be thinking after arriving from Africa to this. Also out on the lake were a good number of Tufted Duck along with a couple of Pochard and a Little Grebe.

Just as I was settling down for the evening the sun finally decided to put in an appearance. As the valley was lit up with a lovely orange glow we headed up the hills at the back in the hope of catching a decent sunset. The walk up provided a rather nice opportunity with some sheep in the foreground whilst the view from the top offered some interesting variation in the lighting of the clouds.

12129 - Sunset over Pontarddulais

12131 - Sunset over Pontarddulais

Sadly the actual sunset itself was behind the headland so didn't light up the Burry Inlet. Nevertheless it was a very enjoyable end to the day and certainly helped to blow the cobwebs away. Even the Moon came out to say hello.

12134 - Sunset over Pontarddulais 12132 - The Moon

The walk back down was absolutely full of birdsong with the Robins and Blackbirds going at it full tilt. There were also a couple of haunting squawks from Buzzards which were hidden from view. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day in terms of weather as I am on the look out for my first Wheatear of the year after todays success.

1 comment:

  1. Nice peaceful photos, especially the one with the sheep.

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