Underwing and Overhead - Vulcan XH558
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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Common Terns and Ringed Canada Geese
Monday, July 27, 2015
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To say I'm pretty pleased with this would be an understatement. It was the only frame I took, just before we lost the light, and I don't think I could really have done any better given my equipment.
A quick internet search soon uncovered what I was after but alas the history of this goose was not as exciting as I had hoped for. It turns out that it was ringed as part of a Canada Goose research project in Cotswold Water Park a couple of years ago, meaning that it really hasn't travelled far at all. Still an interesting sighting nonetheless and I'll be submitting this record to further the research efforts.
Lower Moor Farm - Dragonflies, Butterflies and Cricket
Sunday, July 26, 2015
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Castle Combe Marbled Whites
Friday, July 24, 2015
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Cinnabar Moth Caterpillars 2015
Thursday, July 23, 2015
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Swansea Bay Submerged Forest
Monday, July 20, 2015
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Swansea Airshow - Typhoon, Sea King and Red Arrows
Sunday, July 19, 2015
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Swansea Airshow - Vulcan XH558
Saturday, July 18, 2015
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Kenfig Great White Egret - Round Two
Thursday, July 16, 2015
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015
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Return to Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad
Monday, July 13, 2015
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Despite it still being early the temperature was already rising rapidly when I arrived and if not for a strong breeze blowing in across Fan Frynych the stark embrace of those towering cliffs could have become very oppressive indeed. As it was conditions proved most pleasant and I took my time wandering through the wooded lower reaches listening to singing Willow Warblers whilst failing completely to actually see any. At least the insects were more visible though the sight of Horse Flies eyeing up my arms was probably something I could have done without. Far more interesting were numerous Ringlet butterflies and a superb Golden-ringed Dragonfly of which a photo was surely destined to appear on here. Unfortunately I got distracted by an unfamiliar call from the Bracken slopes above and by the time I'd turned back it had done a bunk. I couldn't be too disappointed though as the noisy culprits turned out to be two juvenile Redstarts! As best I could tell they were entirely free of their parents and looked to be feeding well. Though you can't really tell in these photos, even at this early stage of development that bright red under-tail was clear to see and a joy to watch as the birds flitted along.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
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Whilst on the subject of weather its worth remarking that for the first time this year things felt rather autumnal. Swallow numbers are much reduced, the Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers are far less vocal and the common overall had fallen almost silent. Given its exposed location my patch always seems to experience summer all too briefly but I'd really like it to hang on for a little longer than this. At least the valley showed a little more life with at least two calling Yellowhammers, Whitethroats and best of all a juvenile Green Woodpecker. The heavily marked individual was a fantastic sight and given the national decline of this species a welcome one at that. It wasn't the only 'pecker about either as a Great Spotted shot through and started to feed on the very same tree. This is the first time I've actually seen one on patch this year with my current tick being audible only. I even got a semi-decent photo.
I should also mention that for the first time in over a year the wind turbine erected just outside my patch boundary has actually been turning! I had begun to wander if the thing was ever going to be commissioned. Coincidentally the planned 16 turbine scheme proposed for another couple of miles further inland (though still visible from my patch and for which an access road would be driven through) has been rejected. Apparently the proposed land being offered as compensation for lost common grazing was deemed unacceptable. Can't say I'm particularly disappointed at that.
So no new species then but a continuation of what has now become an almost necessary part of my weekly routine. If you want a good excuse to get some regular exercise in I highly recommend a spot of patch birding.
2015: 68 / 2014: 64
Blustery Evening at Rhossili
Friday, July 10, 2015
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There was little in the way of birds on offer except a couple of Guillemots racing through but two Grey Seals were a nice sight. In fact I swear one of the latter was actually asleep as it floated along with eyes closed. Both Kestrels are still hunting in the area and sent the Pied Wagtails into an absolute frenzy as they swept through the coastguard complex, though in reality I don't think they were ever in any danger. Definitely a nice way to reinvigorate after a day at work.
Great White Egret at Kenfig NNR
Thursday, July 09, 2015
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Llanelli Med Success
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
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It's not just the Meds which have been getting down to business either with young Shelducks (humbugs), Coots, Moorhens, Mallards, Jackdaws, Black Headed Gulls, Greylag Geese and Tufted Ducks all seen. Also about were a couple of Lapwings, eighteen Redshank and a solitary Swallow, not forgetting of course all the regulars. Hopefully next time my visit will last a little longer.
Titchwell 2 - Little Terns, More Avocets and a Bittern
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
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Conscious that we would soon be losing the tide I dragged myself away but not before picking out a Little Ringed Plover on the fresh marsh along with a recently fledged Black Headed Gull whose parents were bravely defending it against the non-existent threat provided by a couple of passing Mallards. Highly strung much? The Plover is my fifth different site record this year which represents a personal success story and once again it was the birds rather leggy look which first hinted that this wasn't its more common relative. I'm sure there are probably better characteristics to look for but at the moment this one works rather well for me.
Walking along the shoreline we were treated to a fairly regular passage of Little, Sandwich and Common Terns, all of which were actively fishing with some truly spectacular dives observed. When the trio were in close proximity to each other the size differences were incredibly stark with the Sandwich Terns completely eclipsing their smaller relatives. Perhaps unsurprisingly they were also the loudest and reminded me of happy evenings spent at Burry Port. Again flight shots were the only option with these being the best of an average lot.
Back on the reserve and if we thought our Tern views had been good thus far then we were very much mistaken. Both Little and Common Terns were fishing directly next to the footpath and frequently hovered overhead for extended periods of time. Absolutely superb views and probably the highlight of the trip (well almost, that honour goes to a bird described below).
We stopped in the Parrinder Hide for a good long while and it proved once again an excellent location to while away an hour or so. The large window openings offered expansive views across the gathered waders which today included a couple of very red Red Knots, the first time I have seen this species in full summer plumage. Equally resplendent were the black chested Dunlin but no amount of searching could turn up the hoped for Ruff or Spotted Redshank. There were however two superb Little Gulls and my thanks most go the person who pointed them out to us. We repaid the favour by letting him know of the Tern extravaganza being played out just a little further up the path.
Then came easily the best encounter of the whole day. In beautiful late afternoon sunlight Emma suddenly shouted out that she could see a Bittern. I was onto it in a flash and man what a sight it was. Golden brown, intricately patterned and flying in full view along the top of the reeds. I only watched it for a second though before instinctively turning to a nearby family and made sure that they got to see it as well. The results were almost better than the sighting itself as both young children started jumping around excitedly. Turns out their whole reason for visiting Titchwell had been to see a Bittern and the reserve couldn't have delivered any better. Me, I've had to wait twenty years for a sighting here but that's nature for you. All that matters is that another generation has hopefully been inspired to carry on enjoying our wildlife in all its many forms. For that is the power a Bittern sighting can wield and speaking from personal experience I wouldn't have it any other way.
Titchwell - Breakdowns, Avocets and Beardies
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
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- Hello! I'm a thirty something blogger based in Wales with an avid interest in birds, nature, wildlife photography, walking, mountain climbing and kayaking. I love anything that involves the natural world and being outside, though rain and I just don't get along. We regularly find ourselves venturing to the Isle of Mull and harbour dreams to move there one day soon. This blog aims to share our adventures and, who knows, hopefully inspire a few people along the way.
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