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….

Have you ever seen a baby pigeon?

Have you ever seen a baby pigeon? Highly unlikely, in fact very few people have. But why is this? The reason may be found in the pigeons’ breeding habits. Like their rock dove ancestors they nest in cavities, natural cliff ledges replaced by holes and cavities in our urban buildings. Nesting high in inaccessible locations…

Troglodytes troglodytes

The European wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) is Britain’s second smallest bird, rivalled only by the goldcrest, and is one of our most common and widespread species. Despite this, the Wren has proved notoriously difficult for me to find and photograph. After numerous failed attempts elsewhere it was pleasant surprise when, a couple of days ago I…

Sighting: Pied Wagtail

After numerous failed attempts today I finally able to get close to the pied wagtails often seen hunting near the water’s edge. The males are particularly striking with their monochrome black and white plumage. The females are a duller, grey colouration. Thankfully the weather has calmed significantly since the chaos of yesterday when we were…

Sighting: Purple Sandpipers

Whilst it feels bitterly cold outside to us, our winters are relatively mild compared to much of the northern hemisphere. It is this comparative warmth and lack of snow which attracts many winter migrants to the UK. One such bird is the purple sandpiper, escaping the freezing temperatures of it’s home up in the arctic…