Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Well, its been a great few days on the island for birds and photography. This has largely been helped by the settled conditions and great lighting, making it pleasant to be out when no help is needed with the lambing that is currently underway. The weather has taken a chilly, breezy and somewhat damper turn today, but we can't complain after the last few weeks of great conditions. The first Blackcap of the year arrived on the island today, and Manx Shearwaters have gradually been increasing in number at night. There were 32 Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests present at Nant yesterday, many of which I trapped and ringed, whilst Redwings, Wheatears, Stonechats, some Sand Martins and Meadow Pipits have all been on the move.

We appear to have three pairs of Little Owls on the island this year, with one on Pen Cristin, one above Plas, and one at the North End. The Plas pair have been showing quite well in the evening on occasion, which has made for some nice images

Dunnocks are in full display mode at the moment, with the males dancing around gorse bushes flashing their wings at the females. I caught this one mid way with a shutter speed of 1/2500th sec, with the early morning light backlighting the primaries and secondaries

Peregrine Falcon

Starlings flying in front of yesterday's sunset 

male Stonechat- at least six pairs are about at the moment, and some have already been gathering nesting material

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