Spent a fantastic day out with Gareth Llewellyn from Pembroke Dock today. Gareth is an experienced photographer who wanted to learn more about birds, particularly waders. We spent the day in the south of Pembrokeshire, taking in a number of estuarine and wetland habitats. Early highlights included 35 Black-tailed Godwits at Pembroke Upper Mill Pond, 2 of the birds in full breeding plumage – what a sight! The partially drained lower (lower) mill pond held 2 Whimbrel, a bird new for Gareth, a species easily passed off as Curlew unless you know what to look for. As the day wore on we would encounter Whimbrel at many sites, totalling some 25 birds altogether. A chance conversation revealed that Gareth would love to see a Dipper, so off we trotted to a super spot on the Eastern Cleddau and spent a fantastic hour or so watching 2 adults and 3 juveniles feeding, calling, flying about and providing us with superb entertainment. Two flypasts from a Kingfisher and great views of Grey Wagtails made this stop particularly memorable. In the nearby woodlands we had at least 2 Wood Warblers singing – what a superb song! At Freshwater West Gareth saw his first ever diving Gannet, as well as Stonechat, a lovely Skylark singing and lovely flyby views of Chough and Raven. We couldn’t find any small migrant waders, but that’s birding for you! Nice to get some lovely feedback too: “Thank you for a fantastic day. I’ve learnt so much and also realise there is much to learn. Thank you for introducing me to the Dippers…that’s like winning the lottery for me.” I have added one of my own basic digiscoped images of one of the Dippers, Gareth got some lovely shots!