Friday, 19 December 2014

Recent News

The weather over the last two weeks has almost consistently been windy and overcast, which isn't terribly conducive for photography to say the least! However, the skies have cleared every now and then and allowed for some images to be taken. In terms of birding, it has been slow going: there have been two late Manx Shearwaters passing by out to sea this month, and a Great Skua on the 19th is also very late. A handful of Chiffchaffs have chosen to overwinter on Bardsey (the first time they have done so since 2007), but I'm sure some of them are regretting that now! Otherwise, the usual flock of up to 34 Choughs continues to feed on Solfach, whilst the Oystercatcher and Curlew flocks have been maxing out at about 60 each. A single Whimbrel has been hiding amongst the Curlews too.

Here is a short composite of videos taken on Bardsey Island this year. These were mostly taken with a Canon 7D and Canon 300mm F4 lens. 

Some pictures from the week:

A Yellow Dung Fly in the morning light

A female Chaffinch feeding on some late winter berries
It is proving to be a very good winter for overwintering Stonechats, with at least seven pairs present. This is a smart male
One of the unfortunate Chiffchaffs which has decided to overwinter. Will the gamble pay off?

Blue Tit

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