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Skokholm Bird Observatory – phoenix from the flames

I was privileged to attend the official opening of the Skokholm Bird Observatory today, reinstated after it's first foray from 1933 to 1976.  Sadly a trip to the island was out of the question due to the swell and the wind, so 150 (or so) specially invited guests...

Simply stunning binoculars

Got my hands on a pair of the amazing Swarovski 8x32 EL Swarovision binoculars this week - wow! The ergonomics are just perfect, and the image quality simply stunning. A premium pair of bins, but worth every penny. Thanks to the guys at Carmarthen Cameras for the...

Exclusive trip to Skomer Island

I will be leading a unique day trip to Skomer Island on Monday 2nd June on behalf of the Wildlife Trust South & West Wales.  The island is closed on Mondays (except bank holidays), so the lucky people who book the 15 places available will get the island pretty...

Skokholm Island

Just back from a fabulous 4 days (& nights) on Skokholm Island.  It was meant to be 3 days & nights, but the weather turned so the boat was delayed by 24 hours.  I wasn't disappointed!  To have such an amazing island to share with just 9 other people is a real...

Stunning Ramsey Island

Went to Ramsey Island today, owned and managed by the RSPB.  Only a 12 minute boat trip from St. Justinian's, near St. David's (lots of Saints in these parts) and you're there, courtesy of Thousand Island Expeditions (http://www.thousandislands.co.uk/).  First up was...

A beautiful day

Spent the best part of the day at Martin's Haven, Marloes Mere, Dale & St. Ann's Head, and what a stunning day it was.  A moderate northerly wind combined with big blue skies made for a pleasant temperature and the light was crisp.  A few Swallows were heading...

Dipper & Green Sandpiper

The male Dipper still singing on the weir at Haverfordwest this evening, although the light not good enough for photos (and he had flown downstream when I took this photo!).  Had a little look around the mature woodlands around Picton Point and Millin, in the hope of...

Skomer

Lovely day on Skomer today, highlight was the male Lapland Bunting which was even (sub)singing at one point - amazing bird and my first in breeding plumage.  Nice to see Puffins again, more ashore today and loads around the island.

Way Down South

Decided to try for the possible Little Bittern seen this morning by Richard, but just as I arrived at Freshwater West a text came through from Clive about the Great White Egret, so I spun straight back out of the car park and went back the way I came.  Around 15...

Dippers in Haverfordwest

A pair of Dippers on the weir in Haverfordwest at dusk yesterday and a male singing there this morning (Pic : Richard Crossen)

Great Spotted Cuckoo @ Penally

Had to go back for a second look after work, and enjoyed great views, on-and-off, up to 615pm when the bird had appeared to settle to roost.  This was at SS121991, viewable from the footpath about 300m south of Penally Station car park.  Prior to that, the bird had...

Broad Haven & Little Haven

A quick look early evening, just 5 Common Scoter visible from Broad Haven.  Better at Little Haven, with a total of 5 Great Northern Divers, a single Red-throated Diver, and a Med Gull in the roost (which contained 460+ birds, around 380 LBBG, 10 HG, 40 BHG, 30 Common...

Newgale

Two trips to Newgale today, highlights were 3 Kumlien's Gulls (adult & 2 2CY), an Iceland Gull (3CY, quite dusky primaries but pattern looked wrong for Kumlien's), at least 3 Glaucous Gulls (all 2CY, 2 pale birds), Yellow-legged Gull (adult), the...

Hook, Newgale & elsewhere

My WeBS count at Hook today was superb, flat calm and sunny, a real delight to be out.  Lots of birds, highlights included 35 Black-tailed Godwit & 9 Grey Plover.  After Hook, I was on the gull trail.  Started at the north end of Newgale where an adult Kumlien's...

Surf Scoter @ Amroth

A change of scene late morning/early afternoon.  Parked just west of Amroth Castle (road closed between here and New Inn due to storm damage, currently being repaired) and was pleased to find lots of gulls feeding on the rocks and beach to the east towards Telpyn...

Isabelline Wheatear @ Martin’s Haven

A superb Isabelline Wheatear today at Martin's Haven, on the Deer Park.  Found just after 10.30am, it was still present early evening (per Derek G), ranging along the clifftops on the west side, from the base of Wooltack Point south to the The Anvil.  Favoured spot...