Sunday, September 16, 2018

Crymlyn Burrows Wader Roost

I resisted the temptation to visit the Gann Estuary at Dale in Pembrokeshire yesterday for the pair of Baird's Sandpipers having decided that I wouldn't get any better photos than I took of the one at Kenfig in 2016 and so decided to stay closer to home with a visit to Crymlyn Burrows for the high tide wader roost.
I got there on a dropping tide and there were good numbers of birds present with a small group of c10 Red Knot, c30 Dunlin, c150 Sanderling, c 100 Ringed Plover, c 200 Oystercatcher and a large mixed group of gulls.
Much as I searched I couldn't find anything scarce amongst the flock but after a couple of hours I was able to get a little closer to the birds as they became used to me and I came away with some photos especially of the Red Knot that I was quite pleased with........

























































































Friday, August 31, 2018

Wood Sandpipers : Watermill Flood, Ogmore

This evening I made a quick dash down to Ogmore after work in an attempt to connect with the two Wood Sandpipers that had been found earlier in the afternoon on the Watermill Flood.
Upon arrival I was greeted by Terry Tovey who offered me a view through his 'scope of the birds that were still there favouring the far side of the flood.
The birds were always distant and I could only manage some record shots, as I was about to leave Ceri Jones and his wife turned up and it was nice to meet them for the first time.....























Saturday, August 11, 2018

A morning in the bay.........

Having seen some nice photos of both the juvenile Little Gull and Arctic Tern that have been kicking around Cardiff Bay during the week I planned a visit this morning before the rain was due to come in early afternoon.
I arranged to meet fellow 'togger' Peter Morgan at Sarn at 9.00am but a phone call as I waited advised that his car had broken down and so I made my way to the bay with just my dog Pearl for company.
I parked up in the small car in the residential area of Penarth Marina and the 5 minute walk saved me £3.00 at the barrage car park, tight buggers us birders.
I got on the Arctic Tern first sitting on orange buoys near the inner pier and picked up the juvenile Little Gull in flight at end of the pier, the tern never came close enough for anything other than 'record' shots but the Little Gull did oblige on occasions.........






















































































I got a little damp with the persistent drizzle and by about 1.30pm I decided to call it a day and head for home reasonably pleased with my morning's efforts.

Monday, August 06, 2018

'A Stroll Along The River Neath'..........

Having not done much in late June and most of July other than the Sea Trust pelagic I decided to have a walk along the east bank of the River Neath south of Briton Ferry bridge in search of an Autumn passage Wheatear or two and anything else that I could find.
There were a few Little Egrets feeding along the bank and I found two Wheatears down by 'The Pipes' at the end of the path, the usual Oystercatchers and Curlews were also in residence......
































Leaving Briton Ferry I thought that I'd check out a couple of Little Owl territories in the Vale of Glamorgan and to my delight both were occupied........