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Monday, 28 July 2014

Few more Badgers from last week.

Migration at Slimbridge y day, Green Sand was 1 of 27 on view.

… and on another river!

Sunday, 27 July 2014


A red kite drifted over the Ely link road between the St. Fagans entrance and the M4 at around 19:45

Dave Glanville

If you scroll back to the sad news regarding Dave Glanville, Dave Astins has written a comment about his funeral details etc.
Thanks Dave, he was very popular here too!

Rhymney estuary in the 70s.

I found this old photo of an old fasioned type hide i made and set up at Green point during the 70s waiting for the tide to come in. i remember it well because it was the first time i saw Shoveler and the Gulls roosted here as normal, i was completely surrounded by Gulls 'and in those days it was 1000s' they were pressed up against all 4 sides, 'magic'.

25th July Kingfishers on the river

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Saturday, 26 July 2014

A Puzzler

Could the Dragonfly experts please advise which species of Hawker this could be ?  2nd pic a fem. Blk-tailed Skimmer seemingly injured back of head & attacked by Caddis flies in the water, 3rd pic a Wall b fly, have nt seen one in ages !

Friday, 25 July 2014

Llanilid main pool/scrape

1 Green sand and 2 yellow wags around the pool also a big influx of clouded yellows butterflies with numbers well into double figures on this site over two days

Wader Passage

Greenshank south pools early this morning

Black Darter Llanilid

A quick trip over to see these plus a washed out R.V.darter

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Back door - you re late with those mealworms today !

Great white egret @ CBWR yesterday.

Many thanks to Ben Salter for sending us this shot of a great white egret at Cardiff Bay.

Monday, 21 July 2014

BN Dolphins Killing Porpoises

Never knew this type of thing went on. Had some great views of  BN Dolphins off Newquay Harbour Wall the other year with Slap and the Wader. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-28289877

Been a While Since We Had a Gull Session

Beats sitting in a hide!


At least 41 present.


Sorry Slap, did nt realize you needed it back so quick, you being a beer drinker n all. but you are right - it DOES make a good cup of coffee & good as a joke on someone !  I have the real McCoy upstairs ,someone gave as a present a while ago but cant remember who it was to thank them ! anyway might see you down the pub T
ues, perhaps you can jog my memory, cheers mate.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Sad news.

 We have received news this afternoon that Dave Glanville has sadly passed away.  He was an active birder in and around Cardiff in the 80's and 90's before moving to Pembrokeshire where he remained as active as ever. Dave was also one of the regulars who would be in The Gower on Tuesday evenings and often joined us on weekend jaunts to Norfolk, North Wales ,Portland and many other places.He was a jovial chap and was always up for a laugh and a pint. He will be sadly missed by many.Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Cardiff bay.

Something completely different.I don't think i've ever seen a Rabbit posted on here before.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

A poem.

A beautiful spring morning with sunlight bright and golden,
birdsong fills the air like a symphony adorning,
green meadow grasses wave and dance on breeze so soft,
any chance I can have my lens back Cliff?
with warmth and a welcome it brings.
the first season I am to know,
it is the sunlight and the glowing,
so little darkness I come to know,
you've had it for 3 weeks now and I have'nt heard from you.
gone are the cold winter nights with frost and a chill,
flee from me keepers of the gloom,
seasons are just emotions,
 like the wind they rise and they fall,

Cardiff bay, Red crested Pochard 'Hybrid ?'

Friday, 18 July 2014

Just west of Cardiff

F F.

Juv Green pecker and an ad Grass Snake.

Thursday, 17 July 2014