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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Cardiff Bay

The Lesser Scaup was viewable from the boardwalk late afternoon. Also recently hatched Mallard and Coot chicks & singing Reed Warblrr, Sedge Warbler & Whitethroat. 

Saturday, 25 April 2015


Llanilid South pools 1 spotted redshank in jet black summer plumage flew towards pencoed 15 common sands all over  the place at South pools never seen so many at one time 1 redstart. Getting in from the studios is a no go at the moment but if you park in the new housing estate take the LEFTHAND PATH OR PARK AT THE MEADOW AND WALK IN FROM THERE both seem ok to get to the south pools

Friday, 24 April 2015

Indian Nightjar, Wild Dog and Sloth Bear with two cubs

Roosting Indian and Savannah Nightjars were seen daily

This is the Dhole - or Indian Wild Dog - strangely it is not a canis sp.

This pic was taken by Pradeep - and was seen on several days in Satpura
with its cubs riding on its back.
Short legs & long grass makes decent shots like this hard to get

Thursday, 23 April 2015

India 2015 Tiger


Bathing Male

Large male very close.

INDIA 2015 Leopard

Central India 2015 some interesting birds

Small Pratincole - Denwa River nr Satpura

Sarus Crane in wheatfields half way between Delhi and Agra 

Wire-tailed Swallow - Satpura National Park


Stone curlew at Goldcliffe, viewable from the seawall hide.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Still for sale

A pair of Leica Ultravid 10x42 are offered for sale at an excellent price of £750.00
John Ball is selling these and are in excellent condition, with very little use!

Phone John 07817550378

Marsh Harrier ?

Almost certain i glimpsed a Marsh Harrier being harassed by gulls while driving down Southern way yesterday.

Last night

3 of these little crackers flying in the garden last night

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Hoopoe Rhoose

 Via one of the bird news services, at the Fonmon rd end of the village. (20.4.15)

Monday, 20 April 2015

Rhymney river,Cardiff.

Red Kite

One drifted east over Redlands Road, Penarth at 13.40 today

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Brecon Beacons National Park

6 possibly 10 birds seen today but always kept their distance.

Saturday, 18 April 2015


2 Common Cranes still this morning.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Cwm Cadlan NR

Great Spotted Cuckoo still 06:50 along with Cuckoo. 

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Garganey : Parc Slip NR

Few pics of the drake Garganey still at Parc Slip NR taken yesterday evening.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Garganey : Parc Slip

Drake still present this evening on Fountain Pool.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Three Ravens almost fledged.

Cardiff Bay

Bonaparte's Gull off corner of Prospect Place at 12:30. 

Ogmore river and llanilid

Need to get a zoom Len's these summer plumage redshank looked great in the sun yesterday just a crap pix picture
Good numbers of  common birds at llanilid with Swallow and Sand martin thorough

Sunday, 5 April 2015

A few male brimstone on the wing today

A record shot of the parc slip garganey yesterday

A jack snipe was by the main scrape at Llanilid this morning and gave a alarm call when i got to close and flew a short distance

Friday, 3 April 2015

Little Bunting.

Called in to Forest Farm to have another look before it departs.,( unless it stays to breed with one of the other three!)
I was surprised to see how much brighter and sharper it looks,  also the eye ring is more prominent now.
The top two shots were taken on Feb 15th and the bottom two today. We all know how light can make a difference but this was a very different looking bird than Febuary.

Penarth Marina

Singing Willow Warbler first thing this morning. Spring at last!


Report of a Garganey at Parc Slip this morning.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Steve Moon.


Iceland gull

A quick look for the Iceland gull this afternoon proved fruitless along the embankment.

Wild daffodil (lent lily)

While I was walking to Kenfig River from the factory end, near the old bridge I came across these wild daff I have not see a display like this in years

Tuesday, 31 March 2015


15 L.R.P and 1 small wader spec ?

Monday, 30 March 2015

Cardiff bay

The bonaparts gull showed well from prospect place close in with a little gull out in the bay Iceland gull same place


Sunday, 29 March 2015

Iceland Gull

Popped down the Bay this afternoon.
 Also Redhead Goosander and about 25 Sand martins.


At least one Bonaparte's Gull was off Prospect Place this pm along with the Little Gull. The Iceland Gull was again on Taffs Mead Embankment. Currently sat on railway bridge. 

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Cardiff Bay

At 14:30 both Bonaparte's Gulls were off Prospect Place along with the Little Gull. Also 2 Med Gulls.  

Near town the Iceland Gull showed down to a few feet at Taff Mead Embankment early afternoon (per PB).    

From Nigel Fairney

Sad to hear the news that Steve Moon has passed away. Like many I owe him a great debt of gratitude for his support, advice and the countless job references he always happily wrote for me when I was trying to break into conservation. Steve's name on a reference opened many doors for me and many others. I went on to work for the BTO, Game Conservancy, National Trust and SNH to name a few; EVERYONE knew or had heard of Steve. He was that well respected in conservation across the country. I know I'm not alone in owing him many thanks for supporting fledgling careers in conservation and ecology.

I last saw him at the Bobolink when he wandered up and out of the blue gave me a hug! I didn't deserve it. Thanks Steve.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Talygarn lake

An Osprey was seen fishing late afternoon.