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Monday, 26 September 2016

Spotted Crake : Slimbridge

Few pics of the obliging Spotted Crake from a visit yesterday with "Smudger"..........

Monday, 19 September 2016

Dunraven Wryneck

I was Just about to give up on the Wryneck, started walking back down the path and it just landed in front of me, got to within 6 feet just happily feeding not bothered my me at all, took over 700 hundred shots, had it all to myself what a treat.

Sunday, 18 September 2016


2 Hummingbird hawkmoths feeding on lavender plants this evening in Taffs Well. Not seen one for ages and blow me there were 2!.... tidy like.

Wasp Spiders

A search today in better light revealed 11 females. one with egg sack.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Wryneck at Dunraven

Best from earlier this week.
Real cracker! Wrynecks are difficult enough to see, so getting to photograph one is a real bonus!

Wasp Spiders.

Recently discovered in Glamorgan and recognising the area I eventually had time to check the area for myself.
Managed to locate just 2 females about half a mile from the original sighting.
Other than this area the only other area in Wales is Gwent so quite a rarity!.
Obviously the location will be withheld, it is also on private property.

Gileston - Aberthaw, late afternoon.

5 Wigeon and 3 Pintail at the rivermouth were the highlights.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

"I'm back" : Wryneck at Dunraven

Few pics of the Wryneck from yesterday evening.......

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Cardiff Bay

The 1CY Little Gull was showing well enough mid bay early evening. Watched from Ice Rink side but would have been just as viewable from Barrage.

Monday, 12 September 2016


A Wryneck showed briefly late afternoon, apparently showed well for Paul Roberts earlier.

Llanilid + Nash Point

12 wheatear 4 whinchat 1dartford, first for a long time, spot flys .Nash point was quiet with spot flys and yellow hammer best birds

Sunday, 11 September 2016


Cosmeston - a walk around the paddocks this morning produced a few Chiff Chaffs, Tree Pipit, Wheatear, Redstart, Blackcap and a count of 8 Buzzards in the air together.

Goldcliff - Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Redshank,  Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, Greenshank, Snipe & Curlew Sandpiper.


Other than these it was very quiet this morning.
1 Whinchat near the river mouth and a Sedge Warbler in scrub there. 3 Wheatear 3 Little Egrets, Kingfisher and few Willow and Chiffys.
Yesterday a Hobby was low through the garden at Llancadle.
Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the garden.

Saturday, 10 September 2016


A nice yomp around for a couple of hours produced plenty of migrants. Chiff Chaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Redstart, Tree Pipit, Wheatear, Reed Warbler & a few Swallows through.

Nash Peregrines.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Monday, 5 September 2016

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Birding Bullshit.

An American Finch or Warbler found at Lands end.
Not accepted because it was presumed to be ship assisted !

Red footed  Booby gets picked up and taken into care and released the following day.
    Probably OK to tick that!

Cosmeston west lake yesterday afternoon.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Monday, 29 August 2016

House Martins

Young house martins, my camera iso was all wrong to high for good shots        

I have had these concrete nests x2 on the house for the last ten years 2 broods per year per box and they have used them 7 out of the ten years 16 x 7 = 112 young estimated figure.  I had 30 flying around my bedroom window this morning


Evening tide - Lots of Ringed Plovers & Dunlin. At least 8, maybe more Curlew Sandpipers & 2 Little Stints. Also Ruff 3, Sanderling, Spotted Redshank 2, Greenshank, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Curlew, Snipe, Turnstone, Knot. Other birds included Peregrine, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear and Whinchat

Friday, 26 August 2016

Raven , Peregrine and Kestrel on the Heritage coast this morning.

Ogmore Tues night

feeding curlew sand watch the twig to the left handside

A quick dash to the river edge

a quick wash and down it goes

Ogmore Tues night

feeding curlew sand