Sighting: Black Headed Gull (first winter)

My blog has been rather neglected in recent weeks, with lots of half written adventures and a pile of unedited photos still waiting to be looked at. Today I resisted the urge to head out under yet another brilliant blue sky and instead finally sort through several weeks of accumulated images… It was back at…

Transition period

As we wave goodbye to summer and the cooler days of autumn draw in, many birds appear to disappear and the skies fall silent. The reason for the sudden absence is that many of our birds are now keeping a low profile, hiding away whilst they go through their annual moult and grow new feathers…

Eclipse plumage

In the blink of an eye, our summer appears to be over, the hot dry weather making way for the cooler temperatures and moody autumn skies. With the departure of summer the breeding season is now over for most birds, this years young already raised to independence, and attention once again falls to the adults…

Turn of the tide

As the tide retreats twice a day here in the Aberystwyth harbour, a small expanse of mud flat is revealed, attracting a variety of bird species to this rich feeding ground. One of the most frequent visitors are the Turnstones, small stocky wading birds found all across the Uk coastline during the winter months. There…

Iridescent feathers

The Starlings were unusually bold today, as they foraged around the mud and debris deposit on the mud flat as the tide receded. Usually quick to utter their shrill alarm calls and take flight, I was pleasantly surprised and delighted when they allowed me to get within a few feet! The starlings wandered closer and…

Shades of grey

Whilst pigeons may not be everyone’s cup of tea there’s no denying that they do have a certain beauty, if you take the time to appreciate it. With iridescent necks, beady red eyes and an assortment of plumage patterns and colours what is not to like? ‚ÄčThis particular flock live and roost not far from…

Hard times for wildfowl

It appears the breeding season hasn’t yet come to an end for at least one of our local mallard females as she surprised me last week by turning up with four fluffy ducklings in her wake. The youngsters could not have hatched more than a day or so ago as most, if not all still…

Sighting: Leucistic carrion crow

I had heard about an unusual crow that had been spotted in one of my ‘patches’ and I couldn’t resist trying to find this bird for myself. After just a few minutes of searching in the right location, I am pleased to say I was successful. As you can see in the images below this…