Sunday, 17 May 2015

Little Bunting

On the 5th of February this Little Bunting was discovered feeding on the wet area outside the hide at Forest Farm Cardiff.
News of a Lesser Pecker had been reported the previous day, otherwise it may never had been identified.

On the few occasions I was able to visit the light was always too strong, with the hide facing south it was always going to be hard to get good shots.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Black throated Diver

Cosmeston country Park hosted this Diver for a few weeks.
Although there were 2 birds at the Docks in Barry I think this was a different bird, being quite tame at times where as the Barry birds always kept their distance!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Bearded Tit

Back to November last year. This male Beardie gave great views at Cosmeston Country Park.
Possibly a returning bird from two years previously.


Whilst attracting smaller birds to a feeding station inevitably attracts birds of prey.
Two individuals started coming regularly to the perches, often too close .

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Black Redstart

This Black Redstart had been at Dunraven  for at least 10 days, so when the opportunity came  I made the effort.
An early finish on the Friday with good light was a must!
Feeding on flies on the walls of the Lodge allowed close approach. Of all the Black Reds I have seen this one was by far the most confiding!
I returned the next morning but the clear night didn`t help, it departed!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Long billed Dowitcher.

This juvenile Long billed Dowitcher spent a few days up at Rhaslas Pond near Merthyr.
A great find by Mike Hogan.Working your local patch pays off eventually!
 This site is in serious danger of being lost to opencast mining, A real shame, such a place with little disturbance and great potential of good birds!
This is only the second Long billed Dowitcher in Glamorgan, the first on the Rumney estuary in 1987 to which I saw also.
It was one of those birds that you just have to sit still and it will walk up to you! Brilliant!