Welcome to the Blog for my website where I will post information on my travels around Pembrokeshire and elsewhere as I shoot the photos which appear on this website
It was much windier at Stack Rocks than I had expected this evening - and colder too! Nevertheless the conditions proved ideal for watching and photographing the Guillemots which seemed to be revelling in the onshore wind. Many birds were flying round and round the Stack and high in the air making for some wonderful close encounters. The Stacks seemed to be as full and active as ever so hopefully the recent heavy rain and gales have not had too detrimental affect on the colony.
After several disapointing visits to Angle Bay with very few waders on show it was nice to visit on Monday morning and find a decent collection of, very approachable, birds - c.120 Dunlin, 2 Sanderling and single Knot (well into summer plumage) and a Bar-tailed Godwit. In nice sunlight they were a delight to photograph with the Dunlin and Sanderling allowing an approach to within a few feet.
Later, at Marloes Mere, I was able to get some decent shots of Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and Sedge Warbler - see the Recent Photos gallery for more shots.
The dreary weather has continued into May with plenty of rain and misty murky days. The exception was Wednesday 2 May which was warm and sunny. I spent the day on Skomer and the island was dripping with Willow Warblers. Plenty of Blackcaps and Wheatears too and I saw two Whinchats.
The Puffins and other Sea Birds were very active with many Puffins ashore courting and taking nesting material into their burrows.
Friday was misty and cool but there were plenty of Blackcaps around the village which provided an opportunity for photography though getting a clear shot amongst the branches was a challenge.
Been back just over a week from a fantastic 2 Whale Watching week trip to Baja California, Mexico. We boarded the M V Searcher on 7 April in San Diego, California, motored south overnight and entered Mexico the next morning. We then went down the lenght of the Baja California peninsular stopping at various islands and lagoons on the way before heading up into the Sea of Cortez for a few days before landing at Cabo San Lucas at the tip of the penisular for the long journey home. We saw Blue, Fin, Brydes, Humpback and Grey Whales as well as many Dolphins, Seals and a load of birds all in great weather on a wonderful boat. The best shots from 7500 taken are in the Foreign Travel gallery.
A great display by the Bottlenose Dolphins at Newquay, Ceredigion yesterday. In a flat calm sea and pretty close into the harbour they put on a dazzling display with much leaping and interaction between individuals and different groups. See also the Whales in Wales blog.