Sunday, February 28, 2021

Barn Owl : Llynfi Valley

 I had a session this morning with a local daylight hunting Barn Owl that I've known about for a few weeks.

Using my bag hide I set myself up adjacent it's hunting area and after an hour's wait the owl showed for all of 10 seconds before disappearing back to it's roost. 

It reappeared about a half hour later and hunted and perched for about an hour successfully catching what looked like a field vole.

I thoroughly enjoyed my couple of hours and despite the bird always being a little distant I came away with some reasonable images, suffice to say I'll be making a few return visits.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Willow Tits - Llynfi Valley First visit of 2021

 I made my first visit of 2021 yesterday to our local feeding station and there was at least one Willow Tit visiting the seed feeders.

Also present were Great, Blue, Coal and Long-tailed Tits, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Treecreeper, Robin, Blackbird and Great Spotted Woodpecker.

I had hoped for a brighter day but the light was dismal hence a high ISO, I did though come away with a few reasonable shots.........

Friday, January 01, 2021

Willow Tits : Llynfi Valley - Last visit of 2020

 I made a couple of visits on 29th and 31st December 2020 to the feeding station and had two Willow Tits frequenting the feeders, we have a new feeding station within the wood which the birds are now using in good numbers with at least two Willow Tits using the feeders.

Unfortunately the original feeding station which is far more visible as it is alongside a path has been subjected to some vandalism by youngsters and the birds are now favouring the new station.

The new station as it is surrounded by trees is more of a challenge with light and on my visit of 29th December the light was abysmal and I had to resort to a stupidly high ISO in order to get a reasonable shutter speed.

A couple of nest boxes have been put up so fingers crossed they may get used and we'll be lucky enough to get proof of breeding in Spring 2021.....

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Willow Tits : Llynfi Valley - Return Visit

 I made a return visit to our local Willow Tit site on 29th November 2020 and although they took a little while to turn up I came away again with some images that I was quite pleased with........

......a Great Spotted Woodpecker also put in an appearance landing on a nearby tree giving close if brief views.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Willow Tits : Llynfi Valley

 We had a few Willow Tits wintering last year at the top end of the valley and they have turned up again this Autumn/Winter. I had checked out the area in the summer and had been unsuccessful in finding any, the consensus is that they are winter visitors.

I made a visit two weeks ago and although I managed some photos I wasn't happy with them, I therefore made a return visit this morning from 10.00am-1.00pm and although initially it took me 55 minutes to find one I obtained some photos that I was quite pleased with....

Well, that's a nice little local project sorted for the winter.