Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cattle Egret : St Athan

After something of a 'couch potato' day last Saturday watching the Six Nations rugby final round of matches I thought I'd get a little fresh air on Sunday morning with a visit to St Athan hoping for some photographs of the Cattle Egret which had been found last Wednesday by Matt Meehan, another great find by Matt who is on something of a roll at the moment.
I rocked up at it's favoured field adjacent the main road near the T junction and whilst watching the bird from the metal entrance gate was joined by Steve Hinton.
The bird was associating with the cattle in the field as the species does but was a little too distant for any worthwhile shots.
Steve left and I moved down to a spot near the bus shelter where the bird was a little nearer and was joined firstly by Alun Hughes who was making a flying visit and then by Paul Denning who was also hoping for some photographs.
The bird never came close enough for any really meaningful photos but I managed some 'record' shots that I was reasonably pleased with considering the distance..........

Black Redstart : Penarth Marina

Not done a lot or posted anything for a while what with the Six Nations rugby on weekends and carrying out some decorating at home so only a few shots of a fine wintering male Black Redstart at Plas Taliesin on Penarth Marina taken during a search a few weeks ago for the two juvenile Glaucous Gulls at Cardiff Bay.
Managed to find the pale one of the two birds but it was too far away on the port authority building roof for any photographs........

Unfortunately the redstart didn't play ball and stayed up on the roofs for the time I spent trying to photograph it, only once did it drop briefly on to one of the low walls and that was only for about 5 seconds.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Waxwing hunt........

Having seen and photographed the Waxwings that turned up in Brecon at the start of 2017 I'd resisted the temptation to go for the ones more recently in Cardiff and Barry but yesterday decided to have a go for the birds that had been found this week at The Range in Swansea and off Harbour Way opposite the steelworks in Port Talbot.
I tried for the Port Talbot birds first on my way to Swansea but with no luck but on arrival at The Range found the birds in the trees on the boundary of the car park which other birders were watching.
Paul Tabor turned up at the same time as myself and it was good to bump into and chat with Peter and Simon Murray, Ray Davies, John Farrell, Wendel Thomas, Rob Jones and a few other birders that I didn't know.
The light was harsh but with a blue sky and I managed to get a few reasonable photographs.....

The birds were attracting quite a bit of attention from the shoppers in the busy car park but at about 3.00pm they all took flight and headed east which was my cue to leave with the intention of finding the Port Talbot birds on the way home.
Whilst driving slowly along Harbour Way I met Phil Routliff who had refound the birds in the morning and who was showing another birder them, he pointed me in the right direction and I caught up with Paul Tabor who had left Swansea before I did.
The birds were in some rowans at the bottom of an embankment but although the light was still good they were in the shade, and I managed a few shots, we could only see three but when they took off to fly to roost we were surprised that there had been ten lurking in the trees.......

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......