My home patch: The Gap

I thought it might be interesting to share some information on various ‘patches’ here in the beautiful seaside town of Aberystwyth on the Welsh coast, where the majority of my photographs are taken. This particular patch centres around a small tidal inlet fed the local river Rheidol as it’s flows out into Cardigan Bay. The…

The Patch: Placrug

I thought it might be interesting to share some information on various ‘patches’ here in the beautiful seaside town of Aberystwyth on the Welsh coast, where the majority of my photographs are taken. Today we are looking at another of my favourite locations, which I don’t visit nearly as often as I would like, something…

A frosty start…

Whilst I am not a fan of the long, dark & cold days of winter I do love those occasional bright mornings where the sun is shining yet the air is still bitingly cold. It is both invigorating and beautiful and creates the perfect conditions for frost to form. As the ground temperature drops below…

2018 Memorable Moments

I can hardly believe it is that time again where I take a look back on the highlights of the previous year. 2018 has been somewhat quiet in terms of photography, with less opportunity to visit new places and explore new subjects but I am hoping to improve on this next year, my health allowing….

Red sky at night…

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Should we bin the bread?

There has been a lot of stories on the news and across social media recently offering conflicting information on the subject of feeding wildlife (and in particular swans & ducks) bread. Whilst some places say bread needs to be avoided at all costs others organisations are sharing tales of young swans having starved to death…

Injured Wagtail: Revisited

You might remember the limping pied wagtail from a previous blog post back in July? A few weeks ago I came across this same wagtail and it was immediately clear that it’s injury has failed to heal over recent months. Warning: Graphic content below At first the bird kept the foot tucked up close to…

Water wings II

After watching the mallard drakes taking a bath a few days ago, today it was the turn of the harbour pigeon flock to make a splash of their own. The primary function of bathing is to wash excess oil and dirt from the feathers and also rid them of parasites. As many of the pigeons…

Leg deformities in Chaffinches

During my visit to Nant yr Arian a few weeks ago a male Chaffinch appeared and landed on the fence beside the visitor cafe. It was immediately obvious that this bird had significant deformities of both legs. Male chaffinch with enlarged, pale and scaly legs. This scaly, warty appearance is caused by either mites, which…

Water wings I

Today was yet another superb day on the Welsh coast, with bright azure skies creating beautiful reflections down on the harbour water at home in Aberystwyth. Whilst I had been hoping to capture more images of the mallard courtship displays it seems the ducks were not in a flirtatious mood and most of the females…