Everything has it's beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius
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Friday, 23 May 2014

Peregrine Falcon

I'm back in Wales at the moment, and despite the almost continual rain, I have been able to get out a few times. A much used adjective is 'amazing', but it really is an amazing place to visit.
North Wales has some beautiful scenery, and some excellent places to visit.

One of the paths through the woods at RSPB Ynys-hir, lined with Bluebells.

This path in the woods at Loggerheads Country Park, was lined with Wild Garlic.

 The aroma was something to experience.

This is Herb-paris, a plant I've never seen or heard of before.

A visit to Wales should always include Conwy.

With its old castle


and RSPB nature reserve, there's always something to see and point the camera at.

Some rather boisterous Shelduck.

Every visit to Wales I always say to myself, I'll head over to Anglesey, and South Stack. I never do ............. but this time, a sunny morning saw me heading there.

The tourist shot

It's a birding paradise.

Ravens and Chough filling the sky, Stonechat, Rock Pipit and Whitethroat amongst the gorse, Puffins Guillemots and Razorbill on the rocks, and a real highlight ........... a Peregrine.

A schedule 1 bird. A bird that is protected by law. A bird you must usually obtain a licence to photograph at its nest, with a few exceptions. A magnificent hunter.

On one of the rock edges, with fantastic views from a footpath opposite, a pair have made a nest.

Talking to one of the volunteers here, who happens to live not far from where I live, (she comes here 2 weeks of the year as a working type holiday), she told me the bird has been sitting on an egg for a couple of weeks. It's doubtful that it will hatch; but the proud parents do have one chick to look after.

I spent a good deal of my visit watching this beautiful bird and its chick.
A very attentive parent.
When I did venture off to explore more of the area and its wildlife, on my return I was told by one of the group of people all excitedly watching, the male had appeared with breakfast earlier. 
Dam, missed it.
The female also carefully fed the chick, with what appeared to be a Blackbird breakfast. 
Double dam!!

I watched some more, and took more pictures.

A steady stream of visitors walked by, and stopped to join the group of people watching this amazing bird. Young children were in awe at seeing such a bird and its chick so close.
It's worth pointing out that it's nesting site was some way from the path, the other side of a very steep drop, on the cliff edge. A very safe place for it.

Eventually the female briefly left the nest, for a quick wing stretch.
This gave us all some perfect views of the young one.

She soon returned though, thankfully. The little one did seem to want to explore a little too much close to the edge!

She soon had him sorted, and for a while they sat snuggled up.

A little while later, as the day was turning to late afternoon, they both stood side by side in the warming rays of the sun.

Just before I left, the female was sat calling. I presume calling to the male, wondering where supper was?

A truly unforgettable and amazing encounter.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Here we go again

Two blogs in almost as many days. It won't last.

A couple from last month I found lurking on the hard drive.

Singing Reed Bunting. 
Similar to one I've posted before, but it is different.

Manic Coots

A mellow Yellow Wagtail

and now for some recent stuff.

Avocets taking a drink

A Ruff.

One of those birds that always confuses me. I proudly announced to the warden at Frampton, "I've found a Spotted Redshank"
"It's a Ruff", he replied.
Aaargh, bugger. So it is.

A Whimbrel.

Like a Curlew, but smaller, and with a shorter bill.

Mediterranean Gull

He's the one with the blood red bill. I know this one, because there was one there, and amongst all the Black-headed Gulls, he was the only one with a black head.
(this birding malarky can be hard at times)

Little Ringed Plover

He was showing off to the female. She's on the right.
How do I know?

(sometimes it's easy)

And the star bird of the day .............

The aptly named, Spoonbill.

I overheard a conversation this morning in a bird hide. Very recently a MEGA turned up at a local reserve.
That's a bird that is rarer than rare. Some initial confusion to begin with, (at first), of it's true identity.
Until this birder put them right. He knew what it was. He's seen lots before. He's done this, done that ...... I was getting a bit bored by his tales of 'I am', and then he came out with, ' I let all the TOP birders know ........'
TOP birders?
At this point I had to leave.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Another Bank Holiday

I knew it was a Bank Holiday, the noisy bugger above me was exercising his hammer yesterday.
Last Bank Holiday, a few weeks ago, it was the paint brush, and clatter of his steps and big feet as he decorated. Not sure what he decorates, it's only the size of my place ..... small.
Yesterday it was knock down, and build time. I just wish he'd have a rest one Bank Holiday, and give me some peace and quiet too. Still, at least he'll be back at work soon.

So, some birds, after my little moan.

A couple more of the Nightingale.

Feeding this time.

A trip out to Weeting Heath a few days ago; a great site to see a fairly rare Stone Curlew.

They were fairly distant, but I did manage some that came a bit closer.

Probably the strangest looking bird I've ever seen.

A butterfly next, that was in the garden the other day.

A female Orange Tip.

Back to some days out.
RSPB Lakenheath always provides some good things to see. If you get the chance, it's well worth a visit.

Water Violet

An early dragonfly; Hairy Dragonfly.

Bearded Tits

A shot to show them in their environment. 

Nah, not really, they were too bloody far away, and wouldn't come any closer.

A distant fly-by of a Crane.

I suppose it does show its 'environment' 


and to finish, a stroll along the river.

More near and far shots next time.

Enjoy the rest of your day.