Tangarreg Pools Photographic Hides

What better way to spend a Monday off work than indulging in a few hours of uninterrupted bird photography which, apart from around my own garden bird feeder has been somewhat lacking lately. On today’s agenda was a long overdue visit to Tangarreg Pools, custom built photographic hides run by local photographer and wildlife enthusiast…

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…

Let sleeping ducks lie

Several weeks passed before I was able to check on the progress of our three mallard ducklings again, and in this time the trio had transformed almost beyond recognition into fully fledged young ducks. At around two months old they were now able to fly and were nearing their independence. Although still lacking their distinctive…

Milestones

Ducklings, like all baby birds, grow up remarkably quickly and with each passing week the five young mallards were transforming before my very eyes. As time passed the mallard ducklings grew more and more accustomed to my regular visits to the waterway, and they and their mother would greet me with enthusiastic peeping calls before…

Growing pains

This summer I enjoyed one of the most rewarding encounters with some of my favourite birds, the often underappreciated mallard ducks. The journey began with a chance encounter with a newly hatched brood of eight mallard ducklings… I first encountered the ducklings at just a few hours old when they were tiny and extremely vulnerable….

New arrivals

With autumn just around the corner and the mallard drakes of Aberystwyth harbour already moulting into their eclipse plumage signalling the end of the breeding season, it looked as though I had missed the opportunity to meet any ducklings this year. It was therefore a very pleasant surprise last week to stumble across a brand…

Happy Fathers’ Day!

This male house sparrow looks rather weary and fed up of his youngster’s constant demands. I’m sure there are many human fathers out there that can sympathise at the moment! — All photographs copyright of Claire Stott/Grey Feather Photography © 2020 http://www.greyfeatherphotography.com If you like what you see, you can follow me on Facebook or Instagram (@greyfeatherphotography) to see…

Late arrivals

Summer is almost at an end and the breeding season is now over for much of our wildlife. The mallards here in Aberystwyth however appear to be having a late boom, with several new broods including this adorable bunch I encountered a few days ago. After the disappointment of the mute swans’ breeding failure this…

New beginnings

Having lived beside Aberystwyth harbour for over 4 years ago now, I have come to know its avian residents rather well, witnessing their trials of life, love and death on my own doorstep. In this time I have also seen the arrival of many new babies, from the adorable swan cygnets to the noisy, squabbling…

Patience pays off

After weeks of relentless rainfall the sun has finally returned to Aberystwyth, just in time for the beginning of summer! Taking up my usual uncomfortable (and slightly damp) seat on the slipway beside the harbour edge this morning I soaked up some much needed sunshine whilst waiting to see what birdlife might appear. An hour…

Bad feather day

After my failure to capture photographs of the young Jackdaw a few weeks ago, today my luck had turned and I was able to capture some more successful photographs as the corvid family foraged in and around the harbour slipway under the pleasant morning sunshine. The adults were busy searching for their breakfast among the…

Goslings

There was a pleasant surprise waiting down in the harbour this morning when a Canada Goose and her five adorable goslings were spotted gliding across the milky harbour water in the high tide gap. At first all seemed calm and tranquil however it was soon clear that the mother goose was in some distress, swimming…