Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Savi's Warbler : Newport Wetlands......

During my week off I paid a couple of visits to Newport Wetlands to see and attempt to photograph the Savi's Warbler found by Matt Meehan, my first visit with fellow "togger" Steve Wilce on Sunday 25th May gave us flight views only as despite the weather being quite sunny it was very windy and the bird was tending to keep low in the reedbed, no photos that day.
I revisited on Thurs 29th May and with an early start (6.00am from Brecon) I rocked up at the bird's location by 7.00am where the bird was perched up and singing, by 7.30am I had "filled my boots" as the bird showed well, sometimes on the edge of the reedbed giving unobstructed views.
It is definitely an early morning bird,as the morning passed it tended to show less and less as a few familiar faces put in an appearance,first was Rob Mitchell,followed by Colin Gittins and then Richard Smith all delighted to get good views.
Although a dry day with little wind it was very grey and overcast resulting in me shooting at a high ISO with very little contrast giving the photos a very flat, drab look, here's a few anyway.............

A crackin bird and another "lifer" for me.

Whitsun Week...........

I had a week off from work over Whitsun and myself and Teresa spent the time up at the caravan,I managed to get out and about a few times and paid a visit on the Bank Holiday Monday to Coed Nant Sere and Battle Hill,both near Brecon,caught up with some nice birds..........

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Blackpill : Waders

Had a little jaunt with Mrs S down to Mumbles yesterday evening and called in at Blackpill for the high tide, not many waders only a small group of Sanderling with a single Dunlin and a Ringed Plover, what there were though were in summer plumage, absolutely stunning, fish and chips at Dick Barton's after, awesome !!...............

Monday, May 05, 2014

Wood Warbler : Battle Hill Wood,Brecon

I spent a few hours on Sunday trying to capture a few images of Wood Warbler,the wood is a small area of deciduous mixed habitat on the fringe of a conifer plantation and only a 100m walk from the entrance gate and parking area.
There were at least three birds present and it was no easy task, but I was reasonably pleased with the some of the results.........
As I approached the entrance gate near the parking area on my retuern I came across three fledgling Robins being tended by the parents birds,how they manage to fly with such underdeveloped wings and lack of tail is a mystery......

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Woodchat Shrike : Gileston

A magnificent male Woodchat Shrike was found late afternoon on Monday by local St Athan birder Rob Francis which I hoped would stick around yesterday and give me the chance of getting a few photographs.
The bird duly obliged and was seen and reported on and off all day and so after a quick change and pickup of my camera gear I made a mad dash for Gileston arriving at about 6.25pm.
As I got my gear out of the Jeep Wayne Strong was arriving back at his car and reported that the bird was still there and showing well,I also bumped into Mike and Emma Cram and son James who had also made a visit and were ready to leave.
As I walked across to the horse field which the bird was favoring I soon came across Alun Hughes and Graham Smith who were watching from outside the field.
The bird was showing really well and favoured a large bramble area in the middle of the field with occasional flights across to the fence and back.
Myself and Alun ventured into the field and I managed to get reasonably close and obtained a few shots that I was quite pleased with.............
As the evening sun lowered the light was getting really good but at 7.15pm the bird flew off strongly west away from the field and out of sight,it hasn't been seen at all today so I guess that I may have been the last birder to see it.
As I walked back to the car the area was alive with Stonechats,Linnets and Common Whitethroats and a splendid male Stonechat posed nicely for me.
This was the fourth Woodchat Shrike I've seen in the UK and all have been in Glamorgan,two in East and two in West,absolutely stunning little birds.