Saturday, January 19, 2019

'A trip to the seaside'.......

After a lay in and with a bit of a late start I headed to Trecco Bay, Porthcawl this morning hoping to connect with the female/juv type Black Redstart that has been at the beach end of Rhych Avenue for a couple of weeks.
 Although very flighty and elusive at times I managed a few shots of the bird flitting around the roofs of the caravans that I was quite pleased with although I had hoped to catch it a little closer, don't you just love such natural perches.......


























A supporting cast from brief visits to Meadow Lake, Zig Zag Lane and Wilderness Pool, Porthcawl finishing off the day at Kenfig Pool.






























Sunday, January 06, 2019

'Keepin' it local'............

A few images from local sites yesterday.........




Siberian Chiffchaff : Parc Slip NR




Siberian Chiffchaff : Parc Slip NR




Siberian Chiffchaff : Parc Slip NR




Siberian Chiffchaff : Parc Slip NR




Siberian Chiffchaff : Parc Slip NR




Water Rail : Parc Slip NR




Goldeneye (M) : River Ogmore




Common Redshank : River Ogmore




Common Redshank : River Ogmore




Rock Pipit : River Ogmore




Rock Pipit : River Ogmore




Rock Pipit : River Ogmore




Curlew : Porthcawl




Curlew : Porthcawl




Cormorant : Kenfig Pool




Slavonian Grebe : Kenfig Pool




Slavonian Grebe : Kenfig Pool




Slavonian Grebe : Kenfig Pool




Slavonian Grebe : Kenfig Pool




Great White Egret : Kenfig Pool

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Cattle Egrets : Porthcawl

With better light forecast for today I made an early return visit to Zig-Zag Lane, Porthcawl hoping to catch up with the four Cattle Egrets and get some better photos on a lower ISO.
I got there for 8.30am just as the sun appeared over the horizon and the birds were not there !!
They arrived from their roost about 10 minutes later as did Colin Gittins and we had them to ourselves until we both left about 45 minutes later.
Colin headed for Kenfig Pool and I headed for Porthcawl seafront hoping to photograph some Purple Sandpipers but after an initial effort decided that clambering over the rocks was a bit too dangerous and decided to call back into the Cattle Egrets on my way home, the light however had worsened with cloud cover having moved in.
I was greeted by Paul Denning and Frank Sengpiel and a little later we were joined by Paul Roberts, I took a few more shots and then briefly called in at Parc Slip NR on my way home, I only stayed for 15 minutes as we were due to babysit our youngest grandson Lucas from mid-day.
The Siberian Chiffchaff was not showing whilst I was there and the place was overrun with people, time to leave.........












































Monday, December 31, 2018

'A successful day out'........

With early news that Martin Bell had refound the Great Grey Shrike in the clear fell at Cwm Cadlan A phone call to fellow birder and 'togger' Steve Wilce who lives near Brecon had us meeting up at noon.
The bird was originally found by Colin Stephenson a week ago but has proved elusive mainly due to the horrible damp, murky weather which has put people off searching and hindered those who had made the effort.
I arrived about 11.50am and immediately found the bird perched up in the fell to the south of the road, the car that was parked up when I arrived belonged to Mike Hogan who joined me, unfortunately the bird flew and as shrikes do disappeared for a while.
Steve arrived and we were soon joined by Alan Rosney, we found the bird again this time to the north side of the road, it was however very wary and highly mobile and try as we may Steve and myself could only get close enough for 'record' shots.
Although it stayed dry the light was again abysmal, so it was very much a case of doing our best and being satisfied with what we could get.........






























At just after 1.00pm news came through of four Cattle Egrets in Porthcawl so after 'filling our boots' with the shrike I said my goodbyes to Steve and headed for Porthcawl hoping that I would beat the light and get some photos.
I knew the location and arrived at about just before three o'clock, there was another 'togger' there that I didn't know and we were soon joined by Colin Baker, the birds were showing well in a field with several horses and two separate locals told us that they had been there since just before Christmas.
I again 'filled my boots' using a high ISO until the light started to go and made my way home.
All in all a nice half day out and some pics of two cracking species.