Sighting: Red Kite

Thursday 16th April: Isolation Day 25 The weekend before we went into ‘lockdown’ I consider visiting Bwlch Nant yr Arian, the kite feeding centre about 10 miles out of town. In the end I decided I would wait and visit during the week instead when it would be more peaceful (no children!). Little did I…

Sighting: Grey Wagtail

Friday 3rd April: Isolation Day 10 Aside from a brief lull yesterday, we are still blessed with gorgeous blue skies here on the Welsh coast. The beautiful weather is very uplifting and making the adjustment to a life of social isolation and staying home just a little easier. I am making the most of the…

Winter waders

Winter is a great time to see migrant birds here on the coast of Aberystwyth. Birds such as turnstones who arrive here from their homes in the northern Canada and Greenland, to enjoy the relative warmth of our shores until spring returns to the Arctic Circle. A turnstone in winter/non-breeding plumage I don’t have to…

Sighting: Wren

The wren is the most common breeding bird in the UK with an estimated 8.5 million birds. Unsurprisingly then, you can find wrens just about anywhere from farms and woodlands to our gardens and urban spaces. I last saw a wren down in the harbour ‘gap’ a few years ago, but after several months this…

Blending in

Rock pipits as their name suggests, inhabit rocky coastlines around the UK, their greyish brown plumage offering superb camouflage in this environment. This camouflage is also equally as effective in and around the concrete walls and sea defences here in Aberystwyth.┬áThis rock pipit had chosen a spot high on the stony sea wall in which…

WWT Llanelli: Close encounters

Llanelli Wetland Centre offers a unique experience to get up close and personal with many of it’s residents, including many rare and endangered species. With most of the birds here very tame and approachable the centre provides the opportunity to hand feed it’s ducks and geese with bags of seed supplied by the visitor centre….

WWT Llanelli: Ducks

A couple of weeks ago we took a visit to the WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre in south Wales. Unfortunately the weather, which had promised to be warm and sunny, was replaced with gloomy overcast skies and drizzle. The conditions made photography challenging at times but I was determined not to let this dampened my spirits….

Sighting: Collared Doves

Just when I was beginning to grow a little tired of the same old routine, photographing the same birds at almost every visit, today there was a surprise encounter in the harbour. As I sprinkled some seed on the ground for the ever present pigeon flock several other pigeon shaped figures flew in and landed…

Sighting: Goldfinch

This morning I was surprised and delighted to encounter this gorgeous goldfinch (one of my favourite birds). I often see and hear them fly over the harbour with their distinctive twinkling calls but they rarely descend down to the harbour itself. Occasionally during the summer they can be found feeding among the wildflowers growing on…

Sighting: Cormorant

Cormorants are a regular sighting here on the coast of aberystwyth, often seen fishing in the estuary and sunning themselves with wings outstretched on the jetties. They don’t often come close to shore however making photographing them difficult. Today I got lucky when this individual emerged on the harbour rocks just a few meters away….

Turn of the tide

As the tide retreats twice a day here in the Aberystwyth harbour, a small expanse of mud flat is revealed, attracting a variety of bird species to this rich feeding ground. One of the most frequent visitors are the Turnstones, small stocky wading birds found all across the Uk coastline during the winter months. There…

Calm after the storm

Warning: Graphic content! As a cold front nicknamed ‘the beast from the east’ continues to bring freezing temperatures and blizzards to the UK, all around the country birds struggle to cling onto life in these treacherous conditions. This extreme weather has brought many surprising species out of their rural habitats, into out towns and rural…