A day out on Anglesey photographing aircraft gave me the opportunity to take another look at the Elegant Tern at Cemlyn. It performed well, but the stars of the show for me were Arctic Terns. I love these wonderful birds. Sat a couple of metres away on the shore line they were bringing food to their recently fledged youngsters.
I went to Bemtpon cliffs about a month ago, with the background thought that last years visiting Black-Browed Albatross might show up. It wasn’t there, but it did turn up a few weeks later. Whilst last year it only stayed a day, this time it’s stayed a few weeks. I finally caved in to temptation and an early finish from work for a cross country twitch was looking a bit disappointing as although it was present it was sat distantly on the cliffs of the Gannet colony. After a couple of hours waiting, and just before heading home, it stretched it’s wings. WOW!!!
I spent an evening in a hide photographing LIttle Owls. The Owlets were out of the nest, but weren’t visting the perch, relying on the adults to take them earth worms (they were also happily feeding themselves on what they could find on the ground)
On Sunday 4th July an Elegant Tern, a species that breeds on the West Coast of America and Mexico (although there is a small population in Southern Europe), was found by a local birder at Cemlyn Nature Reserve on Anglesey. I stupidly decided not to go on the Sunday (limited time frame), so spent a nervous day on Monday hoping it would stay around long enough to see it after work. I didn’t need to worry, it’s still there now as I type this two weeks later, entertaining itself and the visiting birders by displaying to the local Sandwich Terns. What a great bird
The Bittern at Burton Mere Wetlands, although elusive, has occasionally shown quite well, standing at the edge of the reeds before flying off to other parts of the reedbed. It is easier to get in flight shots though, as it transits between different areas of the reedbed. All the hours waiting pay off with images like these.
When I built a pond in the garden it was only for one real purpose. Shots of birds drinking and bathing. I should spend more time watching it
Annual pilgrimage to Cemlyn Bay on Angelsey to visit the Sandwich Tern colony and called in at Gronant after far, far too long to photograph the Little Terns
One of 2021’s photography targets was Barn Swallow, they seem a bit thin on the ground this year though, and a chance encounter with a couple of hundred Common Swift one evening has bumped Barn Swallow to 2022 (Swift was a target for next year). Quite pleased with these.
Every once in a while a birding opportunity comes along which is either unbelievable or bizzare, sometimes both. A roosting Nightjar at Conwy RSPB was definitely BOTH of those. It chose to spend the day roosting on a plastic decoy Heron, only 5 metres or so from the delighted birders. What a bird!
Avocet have bred at Burton Mere Wetlands for a few years now, and luckily the new border hide is giving excellent photographic opportunities, with the evening sun being behind the hide, you get the potential for great shots when it actually shines.