Bathing birds

The recent weeks have been unusually kind to us in terms of weather, in fact ever since lockdown we have had pretty much consistent sunshine which has made the whole ordeal much more tolerable. I expect we would be feeling much more glum by now if we had been stuck indoors each day! On my…

Spring Equinox

Today marks the spring equinox, the start of astrological Spring. As we bid farewell to the cold, dark days of winter and welcome instead the warmth and colours of the new season, we also bid a fond farewell to the starlings. The murmurations of starlings here in Aberystwyth have entertained and enthralled us all winter…

Inside the starling roost

Tonight I decided to take a rather different approach to documenting the starling roost here in Aberystwyth, rather than focusing on the skies I chose to look instead at the hidden world inside the roost itself. Although I did capture a few grainy images, photographing in the gloom did not produce particularly pleasant images, although…

Capturing the moment

I almost didn’t go and watch the starlings this evening, after a gorgeous morning of bright blue skies the clouds had rolled in ruining what I had hoped might be a glorious sunset… Keen not to be just a ‘fair weather’ photographer I headed out with low expectations. Given the somewhat underwhelming numbers seen at…

All in the timing

It’s been a long time since I photographed the starlings here in Aberystwyth but today I finally dusted off the old 17-55mm kit lens, wrapped up in a hat and gloves and headed out to capture the action. Starlings are found in Aberystwyth all year round, but each winter the numbers increase dramatically as our…

Feeling the heat

The weather here on the welsh coast really does go from one extreme to another. After unseasonably chilly temperatures and what felt like endless rain for much of June, we are now being blasted by Saharan winds. As the temperature soared to 25 degrees today, I sought refuge in a shady spot beside the harbour…

Dressed to impress

Whilst the huge migratory flocks of Starlings that form the incredible winter murmurations have long since returned to their summer homes, there are still plenty of resident Starlings who live and breed in the UK year round. As summer approaches the Starlings here in Aberystwyth have now lost their winter covering of white speckles, and…

A rush of wings

The return of long dark nights and icy cold days signals the start of winter, and the return of the Starlings here in Aberystwyth. Each year thousands of these birds flock to this seaside town and gather in huge flocks which can be seen each dawn and dusk emerging to and from the iron struts…

Iridescent feathers

The Starlings were unusually bold today, as they foraged around the mud and debris deposit on the mud flat as the tide receded. Usually quick to utter their shrill alarm calls and take flight, I was pleasantly surprised and delighted when they allowed me to get within a few feet! The starlings wandered closer and…

A lucky escape

Last night I was woken at around 3am by a scratching sound coming from the yard, accompanied by an odd shrieking noise quite unlike anything I had heard before. Going to the back door and switching on the light expecting to find a mouse, instead I came across a small brown bird cowering in the…

‘Teenagers’

Every evening at low tide a chattering, whirring flock of Starlings descend down onto the mud flats into the harbour to forage for tasty insects and invertebrates exposed by the retreating water. A few evenings ago the flock were joined by their newly fledged youngsters and I set out to photograph them. The fledglings are…

Starlings at sunset

Each evening between October and March thousands of Starlings arrive here in the small town of Aberystwyth, on the Welsh coast. They appear like clockwork at sunset, gathering into larger and larger flocks swirling through the sky, before settling beneath the old Victorian pier where they roost. I had hoped to get photographs of them…