The Patch: Placrug

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. Today we are looking at another of my favourite locations, which I don’t visit nearly as often as I would like, something…

Bad feather day

After my failure to capture photographs of the young Jackdaw a few weeks ago, today my luck had turned and I was able to capture some more successful photographs as the corvid family foraged in and around the harbour slipway under the pleasant morning sunshine. The adults were busy searching for their breakfast among the…

Red, white & blue

Here are some more images from my recent trip to Aberystwyth Castle and it’s grounds, somewhere I really must visit again on a more regular basis as it is particularly beautiful and alive with colour during the summer months. It’s wildflower beds, bare until only a few weeks ago, have now burst into life and…

Pigeon Appreciation

Today is Pigeon Appreciation Day and what better time to post about my own love and admiration for these often misunderstood creatures. Love them or hate them, pigeons are here to stay. These highly intelligent adaptable birds have seen a population explosion in our towns and cities, thanks to an abundance of food, relative safety…

3 week old cygnet

Our little Mute Swan cygnet is now around 3 weeks old, and growing rapidly! Now that it has grown stronger and has survived the first and most vulnerable weeks of it’s life, the parents have relaxed their guard, although they are still careful not to let the cygnet stray too far from their sides. As…

Better late than never

The House Martins have returned to the UK, having spent the winter in the warmer climate of the African continent. Each year these birds return to the same nesting sites in a fantastic feat of navigation, travelling thousands of miles over land and sea. Here in Aberystwyth, as in much of Britain, the arrival of…

Goslings

There was a pleasant surprise waiting down in the harbour this morning when a Canada Goose and her five adorable goslings were spotted gliding across the milky harbour water in the high tide gap. At first all seemed calm and tranquil however it was soon clear that the mother goose was in some distress, swimming…

Survival of the fittest

A couple of weeks earlier than last year, and once again we have a cygnet out on the river Rheidol, hatched from the resident swan pair, whose lives I have followed closely over recent years. Sadly however, it seems the pairs’ success of last year (when they reared 5 cygnets to independence) is not set…

Freshly cut grass

It’s rather fortunate timing that I took the time to capture some images of the wildflowers a few days ago, as stepping outside this morning I was rather saddened to see the grass had all be neatly mowed, and most of the flowers tossed into a bin with the grass cuttings. Whilst the grassy area…

Flight of the bumblebee

Spring has arrived late in the UK this year, and the delay of warmer weather has meant that many of our insect species have also been slow to emerge from their winter hibernation. With the long anticipated, and very welcome arrival of sunny skies, flowers have finally sprung up, ready and waiting to be pollinated…

Love birds

Rather surprisingly, Pigeons are one of the few species of birds who are truly monogamous, often forming lifelong pairs. Unlike most wild birds they are also capable of reproducing all year round, provided conditions are favourable and their is enough food for the adults and chicks. With the sun shining I have been spending a…

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…