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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Raptors over my garden in Splott today.

Saturday, 21 March 2020


12 Little Egrets
The now regular Red Kite still present
Barn Owl recently at Llanbethery.

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Bulgaria & Romania February 2020

Not long back from a very successful trip to Bulgaria and Romania earlier in the month. Link to trip report here

Highlights included Red-breasted Goose, Great Bustard, Dalmatian Pelican, White Pelican, White-headed Duck, Long-legged Buzzard, Sombre Tit, Greater Flamingo, Grey-headed, Syrian & Middle-spotted Woodpeckers, Eurasian Eagle & Long-eared Owls and Great Black-headed, Caspian & Slender-billed Gulls.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Firecrest at Bute Park.

Managed one half decent shot in poor light.

Great northern Diver at Mywndy

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Brynsadler Pontyclun

A Barn owl at 18.30 at a traditional site Brynsadler Pontyclun last night

Tuesday, 31 December 2019


A few Jack Snipe this morning 

Monday, 23 December 2019

Fuerteventura Mini Trips

A few pictures from our trips to Fuerteventura this year, Dwarf Bittern & CCC (Judd), Fuerteventura Stonechat (Phil). Decent flight prices with EasyJet from Bristol and the Dwarf Bittern seems to be performing well at the moment, but how long that will last, who knows!

Trip Reports March 2019 and December 2019

Sunday, 22 December 2019


A Barn Owl has been seen on several occasions recently.

Saturday, 21 December 2019


An Otter with fish on the pool late afternoon.
Black Redstart still near the point.
There were 19 Brent geese Friday. Only 1 being dark bellied.

Saturday, 14 December 2019


18 Brent Geese near the rivermouth. All appeared to be pale bellied.
1Black redstart still at the point.
8 little Egrets at the Thaw fields.

Monday, 9 December 2019


1 SEO 1 Woodcock 2jack snipe

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Llanilid near owl field

2 SEO quartering from 8.30 to 9.30 to the right of owl field and a distance probable LEO early this morning

Monday, 2 December 2019


A Ring Ouzel was seen at the rear of fairwater leisure centre by the rugby pitch this morning.

Sunday, 1 December 2019


2 Black Redstarts along wall

Sunday, 24 November 2019


Female type Black Redstart opposite first flight of steps on wall yesterday.

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Knap Snow Bunting

Cold Knap, Barry

The Snow Bunting was still present this afternoon at 4:20 by the mini roundabout at the entrance to the beach car park, at one point feeding in the road.


6 Pale bellied Brent’s
140 Wigeon
2 Kingfishers along the beach
2 Peregrines.
Snow Bunting still at the Knap yesterday .
Red backed Shrike still yesterday  which you wouldn’t know if your not on WhatsApp groups.

Saturday, 9 November 2019


Firecrest was again along the road just down from the Caravan Park at St Mary’s Well Bay. Lots of Redwings, Fieldfares & Song Thrushes in the West Paddock Cosmeston. Yellow-legged Gull in the roost at Cardiff Bay along with a Scaup.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Rhoose Pt.

There was a Short eared Owl this morning.


short eared and barn owls, possible long eared before darkness and rain plus several woodcock

Wednesday, 9 October 2019


2 Hobbies giving superb views hunting over the West Lake Conservation Area, occasionally sitting up in trees. One bird doing the same thing yesterday. Redstart in the West Paddock hedge along with a few Blackcaps. Tufted Duck numbers increasing also Pochard on West Lake.

Saturday, 5 October 2019


2 Cuckoos over Llancadle.
Cetti’s warbler still Aberthaw.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Tuesday, 10 September 2019


Birds seen this week Nightjar first record for me at Llanilid,one was heard at the beginning of the year churring,several whinchat on site two scaup southern pools 1 green sand teal L.whitethroat two wheatear 1 grasssnake

Monday, 9 September 2019


Spent a morning with this beauty on the weekend. First session this year.

The Wryneck from Ogmore.

Water Voles

Early summer at Cosmeston.

Friday, 30 August 2019

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Bay of Biscay – Day 3 – Thursday 22nd August

We were up on deck around 7am again, and the sea state was almost mill pond like. Looking at the GPS on the phone, we were in the Northern Bay, just south of Brittany and the Brest Peninsula. For the first few hours, we had good numbers of Common Dolphins logging and playing around on the surface. The good news was that seabird numbers were on the up today. With plenty of Gannets knocking around, we soon picked up a single and then a group of Sabine’s Gulls. As the Ferry heads through the channel between Ile-de-Sein, Ouessant and the mainland, it’s often a great area for flocks of Shearwaters. This trip was no different and we encountered several large flocks of Manx Shearwater, and good numbers of Balearic Shearwaters. One such flock also contained a group of 7 Sooty Shearwaters and we had some fabulous views of both Balearic and Sooty alongside the boat.

We had a slight stringy moment when Ile-de-Sein got called as Ouessant but our GPS Map soon sorted that one out. We picked up a few Arctic and Great Skuas and as we moved up into the English Channel, we started to encounter Storm Petrels with several groups of 20-30 birds sat on the water. The sea state was ideal for spotting the rather unobtrusive Harbour Porpoise and we had regular small pods as we headed away from the Brittany Coast along with a few Ocean Sunfish. Final action of the trip as we came into Plymouth Sound were a few small groups of Manx Shearwaters and a final Sooty Shearwater. We arrived back into Plymouth at around 5pm and after a refreshment stop on the M5, we were back in Cardiff by mid evening.

Overall, not a bad 2 days, considering that the 4 berth cabin only cost £89 each for the mini-cruise. Prices on board the Pont Aven for meals and beers were reasonable enough, with the option to pay in either Pounds or Euros. The numbers of large Shearwaters don’t seem to be out there in the Western Approaches at the moment, so although disappointed not to see Cory’s, it was good to catch up with both Great and Sooty Shearwater, along with some nice views of Sabine’s Gulls. On the Cetacean front, it would have been great to see Cuvier’s Beaked Whale, but it was not to be on this particular trip but we had some fabulous views of Fin Whale and Common Dolphin.
Species - Arctic Skua 3, Great Skua 7, Storm Petrel c100, Manx Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater 15,  Balearic Shearwater 50+, Cormorant, Shag, Common Tern, Fulmar, Gannet, GBB Gull, Herring Gull, LBB Gull, Sabine’s Gull 9, Med Gull, Common Dolphin 200+, Harbour Porpoise 60+, Ocean Sunfish.

Assuming, the same route is available next year, Plymouth – Santander – Plymouth, then plans are already afoot to firm up a date for an August 2020 trip. Hopefully with a bit of notice and cabin availability we can get a few crews on the trip. Watch this space!