Monday, January 16, 2017

Great Northern Diver : Aberavon

Couldn't resist another search  for the GND at Aberavon over the Christmas/New Year holiday, took some finding but once found it posed quite well for some photos.........







































Barnacle Geese : Sker Point, Porthcawl

A few pics of some of the flock of the 14 Barnacle Geese that stopped off at Sker on 3rd January, first considered wild individuals since 1993, something of a rarity in Glamorgan......



















"Posers"..........

A few 'portraits' of Chiffchaff (collybita) whilst looking for 'tristis' at Kenfig NNR and Bullfinches at Parc Slip NR taken over the recent Christmas holiday period......































Monday, January 02, 2017

"They're getting closer", Waxwings that is........

Folowing Tim's text I headed for Brecon phoning friend and fellow 'togger' Steve Wilce from Bwlch, Nr Brecon who was already at the location with his camera and big lens and a couple of other birders/toggers, Steve gave me the exact location and greeted me on my arrival.
The five birds were quite mobile and after about twenty minutes we picked one up in a distant Birch tree which was soon joined by the others.
We watched for a while and they flew to a berry laden Rowan in the rear garden of a bungalow which Steve had already gained permission to access, result !!
We made our way into the garden and managed a few shots before the birds took flight back to their favoured tall Birch......






















We searched a couple of the streets and on our way back to our original location we spotted not five but nine birds which all headed back to the garden of the bungalow, they all settled in the Rowan and allowed us both in company with Keith Noble to get some more shots of these incredible birds........




































I've probably got 1000s of images of Waxwings including some in the snow from past invasions but it's a bird that I can't resist and the mad dash was well worth the effort.

Starting the year at Cardiff Bay......

After yesterday's dismal weather I thought I'd start off the New Year with a visit to Cardiff Bay today hoping to catch up again with the changing plumage Long-tailed Duck and the seven Greater Scaup that have been around for a couple of weeks which I had still to photograph.
Whilst parking up I bumped into Gareth Pryce who informed me that my target birds were still present in the area of the 'sails', with my dog Pearl for company we set of across the barrage and quickly found the Scaup who were quite close in to the shore......




















After nailing the Scaup I set off for the Long-tailed Duck firstly bumping into Graham Powell and chatting for a few minutes, saying my goodbyes I soon found the LTD just past the 'sails' and reasonably close in which allowed me to get some more shots of this obliging bird........














Whilst walking back to the car I came across an equally obliging Great Crested Grebe which although diving intermittently allowed me a couple of shots, they really are smart, underrated birds.......










Next stop was Penarth Marina for Black Redstart and whilst strolling around I bumped into Phil Blanning (I'm sure I was being stalked this morning !!) who was also looking for the birds, Phil asked me about the Scaup and LTD and decided to walk over to the barrage, meanwhile I had a further ten minutes searching until a text from Tim alerted me to five Waxwings near the hospital in Brecon which is the closest that they've come so far to South Wales, a mad dash followed which is the subject of another post !!