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Friday, 22 May 2015

Cardiff Tawny owls.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015


Apologies for using this site for publicising this message, but just to let folks know that Maurice's funeral will be held at Thornhill Crematorium on Monday 1 June at 12.00 noon, followed by a small wake at the Ffynnon Wen opposite. So that we can let Maurice's family know an idea of numbers likely to attend please leave a message if you plan to attend and I'll make sure an indication is returned to his sister. Thanks folks.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Maurice Chown.

Very sad news, Maurice, as many will have known has been struggling with cancer passed away last night.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Lavernock Point

19:00 - 21:00 - A bit breezy, so thought I would have a look. Manx Shearwater 17, Gannet 2, Fulmar 7,   Gulliemot 2, Kittiwake 10+, Dunlin 4, Whimbrel 2, Turnstone 3 and a Lavernock seawatch tick for me, Cuckoo in off the sea.

Sunday, 17 May 2015


Evening tide - Curlew Sandpiper 1, Dunlin c50, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Avocet, Lapwing, Bar-t Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover & Whimbrel.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015


report of a Hoopoe in Barry. No further details.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Tame Citril Finch yes they are tame!

I took this shot 8 years ago in the Sierra Guadarrama above Madrid in
winter with a 35mm compact - and its not a canary. My SLR was broken!


The Citril Finch appears to be rather tame!!

Friday, 8 May 2015

Penarth Centre

Common Crane low over centre at 13:50 heading in general direction of Cosmeston/Lavernock per JPH

Thursday, 7 May 2015


I've just received a message from my mate of an Osprey flying over Caerphilly heading towards Cardiff.


Pair of hobby out hunting house martins let's hope they stay for the summer

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Lavernock Point

2 hours this evening produced 1 Arctic Skua (pale phase), 12 Gannet & a group of 10 Black Terns all down channel. Also a group of 6 Manx Shearwaters up channel.

Porthcawl 6.15 to 7.15

1 poss 2 Arctic Skua 2 Manx 10 Gannet 5 Fulmar,incoming tide at iron gate point tonight

R G W.

Don't like disturbing these but impossible while walking along the wharf.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Pied Flycatcher : Maesteg

Few pics of a not quite so confiding male bird taken in a local oak wood yesterday, two males present singing their hearts out trying to attract a female........

Grasshopper Warbler : Maesteg

Few pics of a confiding Gropper taken yesterday.....


What is the most unlikely place on Earth for a LAMMERGEIER to turn up at - yes the NETHERLANDS!!!!
I bet Joek is there today!


Report from y day, Dave Palmer & Caroline saw LRP, Hobby & Red Kite am.

Monday, 4 May 2015


Heliport Bay - 4 Med Gulls (2CY) on the rising tide this evening. A few Black-headed Gulls still lingering along with 50+ Common Gulls. 

Cosmeston - the somewhat surreal siight of  the Egyptian Goose actually standing on the board walk. Not even Hovis the Whooper took things this far. 

Grangemoor Park - Bank holiday Monday

Grangemoor Park this afternoon- a Reed warbler spotted down by the river, plus a Blackcap. Lots of Long tailed tits and Greenfinch around, plus a Linnet as well we think.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Ely River

Hobby gliding slowly west over the Ely Link Road at 11.15

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Rhymney river.

Every morning between 6.45 - 7.15 this Drake Goosander and Mink head up river. The Goosander doesn't hang around,it's like a wound up toy .

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.