Bluebell season

‘How the merry bluebell rings, To the mosses underneath…’– Alfred Lord Tennyson The UK is home to almost half the world’s population of english or native bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta). Synonymous with ancient british woodlands, these iconic flowers are at their most spectacular in spring, usually flowering from mid April onwards. Nothing says spring quite like…

Blackbird in the bathroom

There is a lot of bird life in our new neighbourhood and many homes which own several cats, ours included. I always find myself very torn by the debate about outdoor cats and their affect on wildlife, as cat owner and bird lovers it’s always a heartbreaking moment when one brings home the latest victim…

Kestrel – Falco tinnunculus

During our recent trip to the Botanic Garden of Wales we also paid a visit to the British Bird of Prey Centre. Unfortunately an awol golden eagle(!) meant the afternoon’s anticipated flight show was somewhat disrupted and shortened. Nevertherless this diminutive yet powerful kestrel impressed by demonstrating his unique hovering skills and superb agility in…

Botanic Gardens of Wales revisited

Our first visit to the Botanic Gardens of Wales was at the end of last summer, when the gardens were bursting with vivid colour and buzzing with life. Revisiting the gardens again earlier this month provided a great opportunity to observe how these gardens change throughout the seasons. In contrast to our previous visit the…

A fond farewell

It’s been a little over 2 month’s now since myself and my husband moved into our very own home! Since then life has been a whirlwind of unpacking and organising and only now have I had the chance to sit down write this blog, a fond farewell to the place we called home for over…

Sighting: Red Mason Bee

One of the earliest bees to emerge into a British spring, the red mason bee is arguably one of the most striking of the solitary bees with a large jaws and a hairy gingery/red body. Mason bees are named for their habit of nesting in cavities in walls and masonry, perhaps will we see a…

The show must go on

I knew tonight would be my last opportunity to see the starlings this year due to work commitments tying up most of my evenings, and the season drawing to a rapid close. As the days grow longer and with Spring just around the corner, numbers have already begun to drop off as the winter migrants…

A ray of sunshine

I almost didn’t make it in time to watch the starlings come in to roost this evening but after enduring what feels like endless rain and dull grey skies for weeks now, a break in the weather was just too tempting to resist. After a quick dash home to grab my camera I arrived at…

Ambush

Another cloudless and stunning evening in Aberystwyth drew me once again to the promenade for my regular ‘starling watch’. Conditions could not have been more perfect with crystal clear skies and the setting sun creating a beautiful backdrop of pastel orange and blue on which to (hopefully) capture the starlings throwing some shapes. After a…

2021 Highlights

2021 has been a rather eventful year, and I’m not just talking about the pandemic which continues to dominate our lives with it’s ever changing rollercoaster of restrictions and emotions! The beginning of the year started much like the previous, in yet another lockdown…The one silver lining of this enforced time off was that it…

Shaping up

Another evening, and yet another visit to the starling murmurations at Aberystwyth promenade. No two experiences are ever the same, and this is one of the reasons I am drawn back to watch the starlings time and time again. Conditions today were quite the contrast from just my previous visit with overcast skies and a…

Capturing the moment

Having been feeling rather under the weather for the past week or so, a tempting sunset and the promise of starlings felt like the perfect antidote to cheer me up. I opted to use my wide angle lens in anticipation of some impressive skies and Aberystwyth once again delivered once of it’s spectacular sunsets. The…