Inside the starling roost

Tonight I decided to take a rather different approach to documenting the starling roost here in Aberystwyth, rather than focusing on the skies I chose to look instead at the hidden world inside the roost itself. Although I did capture a few grainy images, photographing in the gloom did not produce particularly pleasant images, although…

Rain rain, go away

Winter in Wales brings the inevitable deluge of heavy rain which seems to last for weeks on end…I am rather fed up of the constant damp and drizzle and long for the return of Spring which can’t come soon enough! The birds don’t look too impressed either and I’m sure they would welcome some sunshine…

Blending in

Rock pipits as their name suggests, inhabit rocky coastlines around the UK, their greyish brown plumage offering superb camouflage in this environment. This camouflage is also equally as effective in and around the concrete walls and sea defences here in Aberystwyth.┬áThis rock pipit had chosen a spot high on the stony sea wall in which…

Bee happy

With a storm raging outside and rattling the windows what better time to catch up on some editing and look back at some of my photographs captured back in the warmth and calm of summer. Having invested in a prime macro lens earlier in the year much of my attention since has been focused on…

Solitary bee week

This week 1st to 7th July 2019 is Solitary Bee Week, celebrating some of our lesser known bee species. There are over 240 species of solitary bee found in the UK and like our more familiar bumblebees and honeybees they are highly effective pollinators. Unlike these however the solitary bees (as their names suggests) do…

Patience pays off

After weeks of relentless rainfall the sun has finally returned to Aberystwyth, just in time for the beginning of summer! Taking up my usual uncomfortable (and slightly damp) seat on the slipway beside the harbour edge this morning I soaked up some much needed sunshine whilst waiting to see what birdlife might appear. An hour…

The darker side of ducks

For all creatures no matter how great or small, their primary aim in life is to survive long enough to reproduce and pass on their genes to the next generation. This instinct can result in some startling behaviour as demonstrated with the local mallard population here in Aberystwyth. Mallards are very common birds and often…

Happy Valentine’s Day

Did you know jackdaws are one of the few birds which truly mate for life? Jackdaws form pairs as young birds and will then remain together for all of their lives in a partnership sometimes referred to as a ‘marriage’. The couple will travel and feed together, and both birds are responsible for raising their…

Bird behaviour: Anting

It was a quiet day today with little bird activity to photograph, I was ready to call it a day when a Rook appeared and landed on the harbour wall nearby. It immediately took an interest in a particular spot and began acting rather strangely, dragging its wings against the ground and then turning to…

The drought continues

Another week and still there is no let up in the suffocating heat, and rain remains a distant memory here in Aberystwyth. The grass overlooking the harbour outside has been scorched and bleached a harsh shade of yellow by the burning sun and drought. The baked banks overlooking the water created a new backdrop on…

A furry find

It was a relatively quiet day today, with deep blue sky and dazzling sunshine but little in the way of bird activity or things to photograph. I was getting ready to call it a day and head home when a Jackdaw landing in the grass a short distance away caught my attention. It immediately began…

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…