Mediterranean Gull, Bracelet Bay

Bracelet Meds and Mumbles Kittiwakes

The triple figure flock of Mediterranean Gulls spotted off Pwll in my last post were indicative of not only a larger seasonal increase across our area, but also a year on year population boom that shows no signs of slowing. Back in 2009 the annual Carmarthenshire bird report gives a max count at any Read more…

Mumbles Pier Lifeboat

Return of Mumbles Pier

A summer plumaged Great Northern Diver drew us inextricably towards Mumbles Saturday before last where, contrary to recent form, the bird was not only located but also found to be performing extremely well. Although too far out for a record shot, binoculars allowed its active feeding to be observed well Read more…

Starling Murmuration, Aberystwyth Pier

Whooper Swans, Otters and Starlings

This weekend was our annual trip to Aberystwyth and following last weeks slightly “twitchy” behaviour, the plan was to simply visit a few favourite sites and see what was about. First stop was Dryslwyn bridge where we were greeted by an over flying Peregrine Falcon and the sounds of calling Read more…

Kittiwakes, Mumbles Pier

Mumbles Kittiwake Update

At this time of year I’m normally looking forward to some great close encounters with the breeding Kittiwake colony on Mumbles pier. In the past I’ve taken some excellent photos and watched several generations of chicks hatch and finally fledge from there, and it’s always been a treat. As I’ve Read more…

My Life Outside blog

Great Skua on Swansea Pier

What a weekend it’s been. Long Billed Dowitcher, Curlew Sandpipers, incredible weather, and that’s just for starters. I’ll begin at the end however with a brilliant encounter this evening involving a Great Skua and Swansea Pier. The Skuas presence was first spotted yesterday and it was still around this morning, Read more…