Welcome to 'My Life Outside', the personal blog of Adam Tilt through which I aim to share with you the places that I visit and the wildlife that I see on my travels around the UK. My primary interest is in birds and bird photography, but when they aren't playing ball I turn my attention to pretty much everything else.

I am based in a village on the outskirts of Swansea, South Wales. My regular haunts include the Gower Peninsula, the Burry Inlet, Pembrokeshire and the Isle of Mull - all locations with stunning scenery and a vast array of wildlife. Many of the posts on this blog serve as a diary through which I detail my adventures and show the photographs that I have taken. I aim to impart some of my local knowledge along the way and encourage others to get out exploring for themselves. If you want to get involved then please leave comments and follow the blog.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Nadolig Llawen

Once more we find Christmas Eve upon us, but it's hard to imagine a greater contrast with what we were experiencing twelve months ago. Where last year there was snow on the ground and temperatures were struggling to get above freezing we now have extremely mild conditions and almost torrential rain. Nevertheless we tried to get out for a bit today and started off by heading over to Kidwelly Quay. On the way we got superb views of a Merlin in Llanelli. It first shot across the road ahead of us and then proceeded to fly through the hedge that borders Tesco as we drove parallel. Not what you'd typically expect to see at the local supermarket!

At Kidwelly the rain was very persistent at times but we still managed to pick out a Peregrine Falcon and a Kestrel on the marsh. Closer in and Lapwings were the most numerous species present along with thirty Teal, seven Greenshank, several Redshank and a Little Egret that was having quite a bit of success in its hunting. We walked a short distance along Kymer's Canal in the hope of spotting a Water Rail but had to make do with some very loud vocalisations from one instead.

Next up was Sandy Water park which to my surprise was almost devoid of waterfowl with the exception of a few Pochard and Tufted Duck. A Little Grebe was fishing very close to shore but it was so overcast that it wasn't worth getting the camera out. The assembled Gulls were split roughly fifty fifty between Black Headed and Herring, but it was nice to see at least ten Common Gulls in amongst them. It seems like only yesterday that the lake was completely frozen over and we were watching a Bittern at close range.

23794 - Sandy Water Park, Llanelli
 Sandy Water park exactly one year ago

I hope you all have a very Happy Christmas (Nadolig Llawen).


Andrew said...

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Adam.

Best wishes from a very mild Cheshire (I has no water for days last year as my feed was frozen)

Take care.

TexWisGirl said...

well, wish we had your rains (torrential) here! we are getting sprinkles today so that helps!

merry christmas, adam!

holdingmoments said...

Mild here too Adam.
How different from last year.
All the best for Christmas.

Bob Bushell said...

Have a Merry Christmas my friend, and keep sending those photos.

Sondra said...

hope you have a peaceful holiday..
ITs so warm here one of my shurbs is in bloom...it normally blooms end of Feb.

Jeremy said...

Last December 24th I was watching a Waxwing near my house. Here's hoping for a cold spell to bring a few in. Merry Christmas!

Victoria said...

I'm en route to Montana at the moment and wanted to stop by to wish you a Happy Holiday (since I'm late with Christmas wishes) and give you my best wishes for a terrific New Year... I've been largely absent from both posting and visiting others but hope to be more present in the new year. I do enjoy my visits to your blog! (a holiday post is up on mine but was posted AFTER Christmas instead of before as I'd originally planned)

Adam Tilt said...

Thanks all and Happy Christmas to everyone!


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