As promised I went back up onto the slopes of Cefn Drum this evening in search of the two Grey Partridges I discovered at the end of last week. Unlike last time I had my proper camera well and truly in tow and made straight for the area where I’d last seen them. With such a large expanse of habitat I held out little hope of a second chance, but in the end very nearly stepped right on top of the pair after only a few minutes of searching. They had moved slightly higher but seemed almost completely oblivious to my presence as they went about their feeding.
In the end it was me who ended the encounter as I moved away to leave the birds in peace. What a cracking pair and what a find for my local patch.
Elsewhere a stunning male Reed Bunting, two Mistle Thrushes, a passing Swift, several Stonechat and endless Skylarks made for a rather eclectic bunch, supplemented by a pair of Ravens and the croaky calls of what I think is the only Pheasant on the hill. A large metal bird also put in an appearance in the shape of this Hercules plane. They are a regular fixture along this stretch of countryside but it is the first time I have actually managed to catch one on camera.
Up on the summit I spotted a pristine Painted Lady butterfly that thankfully remained stationary long enough for me to take a photo, unlike the numerous Small Heaths I had seen during me ascent.
For me though it all pales into insignificance after the real stars of the show. Emma has unfortunately yet to make it up with me so let’s hope I can find the Partridges for a third time later this week. At present they seem to be pretty loyal to one area so hopefully we will be in luck. For now I shall leave you with the view from the top of Cefn Drum, which on a day like today rivals the best of them.