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…

Early birds

Starling numbers in Aberystwyth have been building for a few weeks now, the locals joined by their European cousins, migrants eager to escape the bitter cold of a scandinavian winter. As the population grows so begins the annual winter spectacle of our starling murmurations and certainly the highlight of my photographic year! During my first…

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….

Days Out: National Botanic Garden of Wales

Today we headed south down to Carmarthen to visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales. This 500 acre site is dedicated to conservation and home to an impressive collection of approximately 8000 different species of flowers and plants from the UK and around the world. Despite not feeling my best, a day immersing myself in…

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…

Sighting: Golden Ringed Dragonfly

Having spent some 6 years now living beside the harbour ‘gap’ in Aberystwyth I feel I have come to know the area and it’s inhabitants rather well. Even so there is still the occasional new sighting to surprise me. Whilst the delicate damselflies are a relatively common sight during the heat of the summer I…

Murmuration Calendars now available!

One of the few positives of last year’s lockdown was the opportunity to dedicate much more time than usual to photography, in particular documenting the annual spectacle of our starling murmurations here in Aberystwyth. Over the winter I spent many evenings stood shivering on a windy jetty, or huddled on the beach beneath, eagerly awaiting…

Days Out: Gigrin Farm

With family visiting from England last week and glorious weather forecast it was the perfect time to take a visit to a place that has been on my bucket list for some time now, Gigrin Farm famous for it’s spectacular gatherings of Wales’ iconic bird, the red kite. Gigrin farm was first established as a…

Poison paradise

After an absolutely dismal May which was quite literally a wash out, it’s nice to see the return of sunny skies here in Aberystwyth. Thanks in part to all that rain, and the absence so far of the council mowers the wild areas around the harbour have sprung into life providing a habitat for all…