Black-tailed Godwits, Dalton's Point
Moving on to Dalton's Point I was just in time to catch the last sandbanks disappearing under water, but not before I'd counted two Dunlin, over 140 Pintail, six Wigeon, two Great Crested Grebes, thirty or more Curlew plus the usual throngs of Oystercatcher. What really surprised me though was the flock of at least 120 Black-tailed Godwits feeding just beside the road. The lighting was terrible but my camera's trusty video mode captured the scene well. (Select HD playback for full quality).
With most of the birds now pushed even further up the estuary and out of sight it was time for me to take up position on Llanrhidian Marsh. I didn't have to wait long before I picked up a Short Eared Owl hunting over the reeds. At first it was very distant but over the next half an hour or so I got superb views of an awesome predator doing what it does best; hunting. Eventually I lost it in the murk but almost immediately one of the Barn Owls popped up to take its place, just as a Great White Egret flew by in the background. That's a photo that would have rivalled my Dartford Warbler/Wryneck one for sure!