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..........

Little Tern : Kenfig NNR

I managed to catch up with the Little Tern which spent a few days on Kenfig Pool during an evening visit on Thurs 14. August...........
Can't recall ever seeing one in Glamorgan before so a county "tick" for me !!

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.