Posts Tagged ‘Wales



25
Jun
14

Here be Dragons

There’s something about Red Kites I just love. I remember the very first time I saw one. They weren’t as prolific as they are now. Taking a holiday into Wales to see one was the only real chance I would have. It took my breath away. High above Tregaron bog, it was carrying a snake. I could make out the outline of a forked tail and the still live whipping tail of the reptile; the whole thing reminiscent of a flying dragon.

We watched around a hundred and fifty to two hundred Kites on our recent tour to Wales (details here). No dragons but some wonderful photographic opportunities.

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Red Kite

11
Jun
14

Heart Leap

A few days ago we came back from the very successful tour to Wales. The 2015 tour is now open for bookings. Wood Warblers, Redstarts, Pied and Spotted Flycatchers, Chough, Peregrine and of course Red Kites were all part of the cast but it was perhaps the Bottlenose Dolphins that were the biggest stars. As we stood looking out to sea a pod performed offshore leaping and somersaulting their way into everyone’s hearts.

 

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Bottlenose Dolphin2 Bottlenosed Dolphin Bottlenose Dolphin3

29
Jun
13

Magic

As we sat between mountains among the melee of Red Kites on our Welsh Tour an old friend came to visit us. Like a spectre emerging from the masses the White Kite made an entrance; bold and brash this bird. Quite at ease among his Red brethren he came to feed as confidently as the others. A genetic disorder, leucism, pales the birds plumage giving it a magical appearance. A magical bird in a magical setting.

(White) Red Kite

23
Jun
13

Beguiled by birds

As you read this post I shall be off on our East Coast Seabirds Tour. More on that later but in the meantime I thought I would post a few more shots I took on the Welsh Tour.
We made a comfort stop and were beguiled by a selection of finches coming to feed. Always flighty, the Siskins and Redpolls teased us with how close they would come.

Common Redpoll

Siskin

15
Jun
13

Rock around the Quay

At the beginning of the month on our tour to Wales we were stood looking out to sea. Singing out across the harbour rang the song of a Pipit… a Rock Pipit. It took a little while to locate it but there it was atop the mast of a sail boat; the highest song post available.
It then took us all by surprise by flying down to our feet. Quite at ease with passers-by it happily meandered between us.

Rock Pipit

05
Jun
13

Let’s go fly a …

Last weekend the Wildlife Tours and Education trip to Wales enjoyed some great weather. Chough, Peregrine, Dipper, Redstart, Pied & Spotted Flycatchers, Wood Warblers and even a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker were all on the agenda as well as many more species.

There was a time when there were very few Red Kites in the UK. I estimated we saw around 250 or more through the weekend including this one which twisted and turned in front of us among many others. Red Kites are just the best.

As always click to enlarge.

Red Kite




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