You can take a dog to water…

…but as we discovered, you can’t always persuade it to swim! Our little mongrel dog Kaiya has never really been a fan of water, despite her part poodle¬† genetics. In the last few weeks however whilst we’ve been baking in the sunniest May on record, she finally realised that playing the sea can be great…

Bathing birds

The recent weeks have been unusually kind to us in terms of weather, in fact ever since lockdown we have had pretty much consistent sunshine which has made the whole ordeal much more tolerable. I expect we would be feeling much more glum by now if we had been stuck indoors each day! On my…

Feeling the heat

The weather here on the welsh coast really does go from one extreme to another. After unseasonably chilly temperatures and what felt like endless rain for much of June, we are now being blasted by Saharan winds. As the temperature soared to 25 degrees today, I sought refuge in a shady spot beside the harbour…

Splish splash

We are experiencing a rare treat in the UK at the moment… a bank holiday weekend with gorgeous weather as opposed to the usually dreary drizzle! Here a feral pigeon is beating the heat by bathing in the shallow water at the harbour edge. This individual is a youngster as it has yet to grow…

The chase

The mallard ducks’ elaborate courtship displays may now be coming to an end, but the drama is far from over! As the females prepare to lay their eggs in the coming weeks, the males are fiercely protective of their partners, keen to ensure that he alone mates with her and fathers her offspring. This pair…

Walk on water

After a couple of glorious warm days in February the weather has very much taken a turn for the worse, battering us with torrential winds and rain. Thankfully this morning there was a brief lull and few hours of pleasant sunshine to soak up before the moody grey clouds rolled in once more… The recent…

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…

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…

April Showers

A typical wet and windy bank holiday weekend put a dampener on any plans for bird photography, however another opportunity arose once the rain had finally stopped falling. With my tiny garden newly filled with plants and flowers, raindrops were left shimmering, clinging to their leaves and petals. Raindrops have always been another of my…

Wagtail reflection

There was very little to see or photograph this morning however I was able to get this rather lovely shot, as a female Pied Wagtail hunted for insects at the waters edge. By waiting patiently for her to wander into the right spot, I was also able to capture her reflection rippling in the water…

Reflections

‘If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere’ – – Vincent Van Goch With little else to photograph on this particular day I decided to focus on the pigeons who you can always count on to make an appearance. A small puddle was particularly inviting to the birds, and provided an opportunity for…

Making a splash

Feral pigeons are misunderstood and underappreciated birds by many, however if you spend any length of time with them, you will soon learn to appreciate their beauty and unique behaviours, Unlike many wild birds, pigeons will often let you get very close them, particularly if food is on offer, allowing you an up close and…