Thursday, December 30, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
We moved on towards Southerndown parking at West Farm and walked across towards the car park in the hope of finding the topically named Snow Bunting that had recently been reported from there.
Plenty of Meadow Pipits,Skylarks,winter thrushes and in the distance over the fields a good size flock of Lapwings and another of Curlew with a lone Grey Heron passing through.
A fly through Peregrine was a fine sight but try as we did we couldn't locate the Snow Bunting.
With the light starting to fade I dropped Peter in Bridgend and got home in time to see the Ospreys put one over on Munster in their Heineken Cup pool match with an awesome scrummaging display !!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
The third bird disappeared and the action quietenned down considerably and so we decided to push on and head for Monknash to see if we could relocate and photograph the Glossy Ibis.
We dropped off Peter's car in Bridgend and called in on the way to Ogmore By Sea only to find a high tide and not an awful lot of interest,we called in to a couple of locations hoping for Little Owl but were out of luck.
Next stop was Dunraven where we hoped we may come across a Black Redstart but the only bird of note was an obliging Kestrel perched on a fence post at the side of the road down to the car park.
We pushed on to Monknash and bumped into Paul Denning who confirmed he hadn't come across the Ibis,we soon found the stream it had been feeding in and walked the length of three fields but to no avail.
We came across a Green Sandpiper,Water Rail,a fly over Little Egret and a couple of Grey Wagtails plus a selection of the more common birds.
We bumped into another birder who had walked the entire length of the stream as far as the beach and he confirmed that the Ibis was no longer around.
We moved on to have a look for possible Black Redstart and Snow Bunting at Nash Point but a pleasant walk over past the lighthouse and back failed to locate either species.
With the light starting to fade we made a fruitless visit to the rocks adjacent the car park at Ogmore in the hope of Purple Sandpiper but both they and the usual Turnstones had by the look of it popped over to feed on Tusker Rocks.
A final call in to Portobello Island gave good views of plenty of Teal,lots of gulls,a Goosander and a nice group of twenty or so Goldeneye on the river.
Sunday, December 05, 2010
As we walked on Mike Powell arrived and informed us that Phil had seen a few Waxwings fly over into St Dennis Road which we quickly found,the birds were perching in a Eucalyptus tree in the rear garden of a house in St Isan Road and we soon discovered that the birds were visiting a white berried Rowan Tree in the front garden of 13,St Isan Road.
Although the tree was on the shady side of the street so the light wasn't brilliant the birds offered themselves up for some reasonable record images.
The light wasn't going to improve and following a phone call from Richard Smith who had managed to get some "crippling" images of Bittern at Kenfig Pool I decided to give the Lesser Scaup at Cardiff Bay a miss and head west for Kenfig.
I arrived at the south pool hide at about 1.15pm to be greeted by both Richard and Peter Morgan and within minutes a flyover Bittern appeared,unfortunately I was still setting up my gear and missed it.
Shortly after a different Bittern appeared in one of the frozen channels and walked gingerly across the ice from one patch of reed to another allowing a somewhat distant and heavily cropped record shot.
Unfortunately the bird was flying away instead of coming towards the hide !!
The three of us then decided as the light was fading we would finish the day by having a look over in the dunes for a Short-Eared Owl but on this occasion we were out of luck.
With the sun setting and the temperature starting to fall even further we decided to call it a day and head for home.
I'd thoroughly enjoyed my day out,I'd got some reasonable pics of Waxwings and a few record shots of Bittern which I would like another go at, if the weather stays cold I may make another visit next weekend.