Monday, April 12, 2021

'Wally The Walrus' : Tenby

 I was going to go for the walrus at Tenby over Easter but it didn't materialize.

7.00am Sunday morning 11th April saw fellow birder and 'togger' Dave Gilbert rock up at my house to pick me up and we were soon on the road heading for Tenby.

We arrived at about 8.25am and after a walk across town from the car park we were soon watching Wally feeding and surfacing for about a minute at a time off the slipway to the RNLI Lifeboat Station which he has taken a shine to.

The weather was sunny but a brisk breeze took the edge off the temperature, we fired away with our cameras when Wally surfaced but were interrupted by a freezing squall for about half an hour with Steve Hinton and Alun Hughes who had turned up not long after us.

The squall blew out to sea and we were soon back in position watching Wally who at one point partially hauled out on the ramp but still partially submerged, neither of us complained as we both managed some nice images.

We hoped that he would fully haul out but he moved back into open water and continued to feed, it looked as if he was going to feed for some time and at about 2.45pm we decided to head for home.

What a fabulous day out, it's not every day you see a walrus in Welsh waters about 2,000 miles from his home above the Arctic Circle.

What will become of him is anybody's guess but for the time being he is feeding well on razor clams and mussels and appears in good health.

We both came away with some photos that we were pleased with, here's a selection........

Sunday, March 07, 2021

Barn Owl : Llynfi Valley (2)

 After a lay in and a lazy Saturday morning I decided to have a look for the stunning local male Black Redstart found on Friday afternoon by Colin Gittins and Paul 'Sid' Parsons.

I spent an hour searching but to no avail, plenty of birds present including 5 Red Kites but not the bird I was looking for which would have been a 'valley tick'.

I decided then as the weather was stunning if a little cold to make a diversion and try for another session with our valley daylight hunting Barn Owl.

I set up with my bag hide and after about an hour the owl left it's roost and began hunting, I complain enough about the light but yesterday during late afternoon I have to say it was stunning.

I 'filled my boots' and came away with some images that I was more than satisfied with..........

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.....