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Friday, 5 February 2016

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Argentatus or hybid any comments?

Saw this Gull yesterday with a Herring Gull in front of Morrisons in Barry.
Having a few doubts as to whether it is argentatus or Lesser black backed x Herring.
Still only the beginning of Feb and it`s in summer plumage, would have expected a little more streaking around the head this time of year.
My immediate thoughts were Yellow legged except the legs are pink and head shape wrong.
It was the same size as a herring with slightly darker mantle. Photos lead you to believe that the mantle is exceptionally dark but it was certainly a shade darker.
It flew before I could get any flight shots to see the primaries.


Glaucous Gull and 3rd w argentatus Herring Gull still present.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Knap and Morrisons

The Glauc was relocated on the Old Harbour this morning.
Opposite Morrisons an adult northern Herring Gull and adult Med Gull.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

The Knap hybrid. Jimmy (Nail) ?

The Knap Glaucous Gull 1st w.

3rd w. Northern Herring Gull. Larus a. argentatus.

Photographed this bird over the last 3 days at the Knap.
It does dissappear as does the Glauc but returns.

The Knap


The Glaucous put in an appearance at The Knap Lake this afternoon but it decided to sit tight in the middle & ignore the various brands of bread. In interim periods it disappeared towards the beach and was also seen sat on the sea.

Cosmeston - The Lesser Scaup was still amongst the Tufted Duck flock on East Lake late afternoon.

Cardiff Bay - poor number of Gulls in the roost included an ad Yellow-legged Gull.

Sunday, 24 January 2016


The Lesser Scaup was still on East Lake Cosmeston late afternoon. Single Yellow-legged & Med Gulls in the gull roost at Cardiff Bay.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Gileston with Phil Bristow.

9 pale bellied Brent's and 1 dark bellied on the flood.
1ad little Gull, 40 Wigeon and 5 Little Egrets.


Plenty of Tutted Ducks & Lesser Scaup showing really well on East Lake early afternoon. Also Bittern flying around West Lake until landed out of site in East Lake Reed Bed, Shoveler, Gadwall, Teal, Pochard & Jack Snipe (per GS).

Monday, 18 January 2016

Snow Buntings : Whiteford, Gower

Few pics from yesterday, the adult male is an absolute stunner.........

Welsh water get a 999 year lease on Llanishen res.


It seems the reservoirs will once again be pen for public access, thats 150 dog walkers every 5 minutes then.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Glossy Ibis : Ferryside

A few pics of the Glossy Ibis still present this morning.............

Saturday, 9 January 2016


Now 19 Brent's, just the one being dark bellied.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

At last a sunny day - nothing startling at Glam Canal. Hordes of people taking pics of Kingfishers

Jay caught it a ray of sunshine

At least 7 Snipe at a distance

Another Jay

Offer of birding trip to South Africa

The guide on our recent trip to South Africa has had a medically enforced cancelation of a trip this com
I have just had word of a cancellation/postponement from a client in the UK for a private safari taking place in June this year. They have sited a serious medical issue as the problem and have postponed their booking indefinitely.

To this end I have this fantastic itinerary booked for two people guided by me for 15 nights going through some of the best bits of Limpopo and Mpumalanga…all accommodation, transport and meals included at 256 GBP per person per night.


I thought I would put some feelers out before cancelling the whole thing.


Let me know if you are interested or know of someone who might be. I can host between two and four people on this trip.


Kind regards,


Andrew Rae

RAE Safaris

ing June - details below.
First Class guiding.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Short-eared Owls

Three SEO's just north of the Heads of the Valleys road between Dowlais Top and the Bute Town/Rhymney junction mid-afternoon. Single at SO 089098 & two at SO 092109.

Sunday, 3 January 2016


No sign of any Little Gulls recently.
16 Brent's this afternoon. At Llancadle a Barn Owl occasionally and a chiffy in the garden.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Wentlooge levels. this afternoon.

Wentlooge levels.

Part of a 40 + flock of Little Egrets.
Sizeable Starling roost at Llantwit Major opposite Comp. Old clothes and hat recommended if visiting! Kicks off c1620 lasts for c45 minutes. Probably best viewed from rugby field.


Little Gull, 12 Wigeon, 8 Little Egrets and 8 Grey Plover this morning.

Monday, 28 December 2015

Grey Phalarope : Sker Pool

Few pics of the Grey Phalarope on Sker Pool today............

Sunday, 27 December 2015


2 Jack Snipe and a couple of common snipe was alongside the main pool this afternoon no sign of any other birds

Sunday, 13 December 2015

South Devon

Bit of a heads up on some good birding in Torbay presently.
At Broadsands Beach in the last week there has been Yellow-browed Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff, up to 5 Firecrests, 5 Cirl Buntings, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 5 Black-necked Grebes, Red-necked Grebe,  9 Great Northern Divers, Black-throated Diver & Velvet Scoter. Calm sea conditions are best & the grebes & divers can move between Brixham Harbour & Preston beach, Paignton. Also present are a pod of Bottle-nosed Dolphins numbering between 15 & 20 including young animals. In addition there is a nice flock of 9 Cirl Buntings around the car park and adjacent fields at Labrador Bay RSPB between Torquay & Shaldon. In the Exeter area there has been an American Wigeon at Bowling Green Marsh & a Bonepartes Gull at Dawlish along with similar grebes & divers plus a large Avocet flock at Topsham. Lucky bas***ds.

Cardiff Birders Xmas Curry Night - Weds 16th December

Just , a reminder that the Annual Xmas Curry Night takes place this coming Weds night at 8.00pm at The India Gate, Whitchurch Village. Pre-dinner drinks will be from 7.00pm @ The Plough, Whitchurch. Table of 12 booked with confirmed attendee's as follows:
Jan Sheers
John Ball
Judd Hunt
Mike Powell
Richard Smith
Nigel Addecott
Steve Hinton
Jake Gilmore
Phil Bristow
Jeff Slocombe
Haydn Jones
Paul Denning
If I have missed you, turning up on the night will be fine, we should be able to accommodate a few more.

Saturday, 12 December 2015


2 1st winter Little gulls but no sign of the adult or any Brent's.