Saturday, 22 January 2011


A single Chough along the Coast this morning. Much easier to photograph than when in a group.

Little Owl

At last the Little Owl had showed itself this morning, have been trying to photograph these since October.
Very clever these Owls, they are able to understand the word Canon!

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Slavonian  Grebe.

Slavonian Grebe.

At last, today I was able to get out with some good light.
so thanks to a mid morning call from Alex to say that the slav is showing down to 7 ft. I couldn`t resist it  so raced down to Atlantic Wharf. The light was a real problem,either bright sunshine or hopeless shade. Maybe tomorrow will get a little better.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011


These Dotterels were photographed in north Glamorgan, and as usual very approachable. The male looks drab compared to this striking female.
Both birds performed well in good light more than I can say for the light at the moment, and with more rain on the way I don`t suppose i`ll be getting out much. So it will have to be photos from the past for a while! though I am putting together another page titled Wading birds.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Marmora`s Warbler

On the 3rd of June last year this Marmora`s Warlbler was found near the Blorenge mountain in Gwent. Luckily it stayed until the 15th of June.
The bird was singing, often enabling easy location to it`s whereabouts. It performed well to the crowds ,even building a nest.
On the afternoon it was found I was with Nigel Addicott and Mathew Meechan looking for a Trumpeter Finch in Norfolk, which departed the night before. Having dipped the `Pink Trumpet` this was more than welcome, we managed to get back to see it briefly, but returned for photographs on several occasions.
Never in a million years would we have thought we would ever see one in South Wales!

Saturday, 1 January 2011

From the Past

This 1st winter White-rumped Sandpiper was discovered on the East Pool Shore of Kenfig NNR by Neil Donaghy on 29th October 2007 and stayed until 9th November.
The bird was extremely tame (even walking between the legs of photographers) and having some damage to the bill and it`s right eye this fortunately healed after a few days.