Yesterday evening was absolutely perfect with the sun beating down and a slight breeze keeping the temperature in check. After work I headed straight down to Rhossili where I was quite surprised to find the place almost deserted. You’d think people would have been out savouring every last second after the torrid conditions recently. Anyway I wasn’t complaining and enjoyed a peaceful walk down to the head where I picked up a group of thirty to forty Gannets fishing in the middle of the channel. Scanning left a separate group of three birds were soaring and diving right off the coast at Tears Point, by far the closest in I have ever seen Gannets off Gower. Preying that they would stay put I worked my way closer only to be confronted with the same limitations that have prevented me from getting any pictures of the species to date. Against water my camera simply wont lock on or expose the birds correctly, so a new tact was definitely in order. A quick slither down an almost vertical slope and I had the birds against the sky. Now all I needed was some luck, and boy did I get it.
For over an hour I was treated to the sight of these magnificent birds soaring past me and at times right overhead. The small group of three birds slowly grew to at least fifteen individuals until I was almost surrounded. About half way through a pod of Dolphins appeared beneath them and were seen to breach on several occasions. Even better was to come though as they started surfing the bigger of the waves. It was a simply magical way to spend an evening.
On the walk back to my car I spotted this Stonechat perched obligingly on a stone wall. The colours are exactly as they were at the time due to the sun being barely visible above the horizon.
A few more days like this would be very welcome let me assure you.