2019 Memorable Moments

After a hectic week at work I finally have some time to put my feet up and reflect on the previous 12 months. My photography took a somewhat new direction last year, and whilst birds were still been high on the agenda, a new love for macro photography proved to be a great learning curve…

Blossoming

As the quote from artist Vincent Van Gogh says “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere”, and I am a firm believer in this. I don’t often get to visit spectacular landscapes or spend hours in nature reserves filled with wonderful plants and creatures, instead most of my nature encounters are confined…

Plunging temperatures

Yesterday was the coldest night of the year so far. Here on the Welsh coast in Aberystwyth we are protected from much of the coldest weather by a warming breeze coming from the sea, even so last night’s temperatures plunged to well below zero. Beneath a clear cloudless sky the scene was set for a…

Familiar faces

It was back in October when I last saw our mute swan family down on the river Rheidol. At the time their single cygnet was a few months old and almost ready to spread his wings and gain independence. It appears that soon afterwards, all 3 birds disappeared from the area. The cygnet likely left…

A frosty start…

Whilst I am not a fan of the long, dark & cold days of winter I do love those occasional bright mornings where the sun is shining yet the air is still bitingly cold. It is both invigorating and beautiful and creates the perfect conditions for frost to form. As the ground temperature drops below…

2018 Memorable Moments

I can hardly believe it is that time again where I take a look back on the highlights of the previous year. Here are some of my personal favourite photos. 2018 has been somewhat quiet in terms of photography, with less opportunity to visit new places and explore new subjects but I am hoping to…

My home patch: The Gap

I thought it might be interesting to share some information on various ‘patches’ here in the beautiful seaside town of Aberystwyth on the Welsh coast, where the majority of my photographs are taken. This particular patch centres around a small tidal inlet fed the local river Rheidol as it’s flows out into Cardigan Bay. The…

Injured Wagtail

Today I stumbled (excuse the pun) upon an unfortunate male pied wagtail that appeared to be in difficulty, limping and hopping on one leg. At first glance I thought it may just be resting with a leg tucked up, as many birds will do, but as it moved around it soon became clear that this…

Water wings II

After watching the mallard drakes taking a bath a few days ago, today it was the turn of the harbour pigeon flock to make a splash of their own. The primary function of bathing is to wash excess oil and dirt from the feathers and also rid them of parasites. As many of the pigeons…

Leg deformities in Chaffinches

During my visit to Nant yr Arian a few weeks ago a male Chaffinch appeared and landed on the fence beside the visitor cafe. It was immediately obvious that this bird had significant deformities of both legs. Male chaffinch with enlarged, pale and scaly legs. This scaly, warty appearance is caused by either mites, which…

Water wings I

Today was yet another superb day on the Welsh coast, with bright azure skies creating beautiful reflections down on the harbour water at home in Aberystwyth. Whilst I had been hoping to capture more images of the mallard courtship displays it seems the ducks were not in a flirtatious mood and most of the females…

The Kite cafe

A couple of weeks ago we visited one of my favourite locations, Bwlch Nant yr Arian, a nature reserve a few miles from Aberystwyth. Not only is this a beautiful location to escape to, but a fantastic area to see one of our most stunning birds, the majestic Red Kite. Red Kites were once persecuted…