Sunday, September 21, 2014

Dunlin : Portobello, Ogmore

Whilst I was photographing the two remaining Curlew Sandpipers this morning (there were four up until Friday) a rather smart juvenile Dunlin flew in and joined them ..........




Curlew Sandpipers : Portobello, Ogmore

I made a few visits to Ogmore since the middle of last week photographing the small group of Curlew Sandpipers that had turned up there and stayed for a few days........

Wed 17.Sept 2014 : First visit after work with barely an hour of light to play with, high ISO etc.....



Sat 20.Sept 2014 : Plenty of time but terrible light due to a grey, overcast day........



Sun 21.Sept 2014 : Early start but harsh sun all morning.........


Sunday, September 14, 2014

High tide wader roost : Crymlyn Burrows

With a weekend spent at home instead of at the caravan and a decent high tide at 09.55 I ventured yesterday morning down to Crymlyn Burrows hoping to get a few images of passage waders on the high tide roost.
I arrived at about 08.00 and was surprised how quickly the adjacent new university buildings construction site had progressed as I passed them on the way out,a 10 minute walk soon had me scanning the beach and there were good numbers of Sanderling with lesser numbers of Dunlin and Ringed Plover and one large wader which turned out to be a pristine juvenile Bar-tailed Godwit.
There were also a couple of Northern Wheatear feeding along the "strand line" and on the walk back to the car I came across good numbers of Whinchat,Stonechat,Skylark,Meadow Pipit and a single Common Whitethroat.
Here are a few of the images I managed to capture..........


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Birding around Brecon.........

I spent a few hours last Sunday morning 7. September checking out the three reservoirs on the A470 for a passage Osprey but without any luck and then popped up to Cefn Cadlan in the hope that there may have been a Dotterel or two on return passage but again no luck.
Bumped into Martin Bevan and Phil Hill on the way back down who had the same idea and we found a few Black Darter dragonflies sunning themselves on the stone wall adjacent the path.
Spent a couple of hours in the afternoon trying to coax a couple of Spotted Flycatchers down from the top of the church tower at Llanhamlach churchyard and they briefly obliged,record shots only though.........


Knot : Llanilid

Managed to catch up with the very confiding juvenile Knot which was showing down to a few feet on the "Studio Pool" during a "mad dash" visit after work on Wed 3. September..........