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…

Decimation

A visit to one of my favourite local ‘patches’ earlier this week did not bring me the joy I had hoped for, in fact quite the opposite. On arrival I discovered to my shock and horror that the hedgerow running the length of the stream at Plascrug ditch has been decimated! Where once there was…

Strange & Beautiful

It was back in the warm and relatively carefree days of summer that I stumbled across a rather unusual find when out searching for insects among the wildflowers. In among a cluster of corn chamomile flowers growing beside the harbour wall, was this rather unusual looking bloom. This particular stem and in a conjoined or…

Sighting: Black Redstart

After several failed attempts I finally found one of the two black redstarts that have been spotted here in Aberystwyth. For some reason the birds have chosen to set up residence on the Old College building, one of the university properties on the promenade. Even now, when the building is covered in scaffolding and undergoing…

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…