Wed 9th Jan ... 'Chuffin' Goosanders!'

January 11, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

Ian says:   We desperately wanted a day out and the forcasters said that North Wales was the best bet for sun so it was a trip towards Anglesey and we would make a final decision on our destination as it came light. It was up at 4.30am to be driving away by 6.00 to beat the worst of the rush ‘hour’ traffic. After a quick stop at Tescos at Conway for a couple of loaves of bread we were crossing the Menai Strait and on to Anglesey by 8.00am, and although there was still a lot of fog about, we decided it was worth continuing on to South Stack - the R.S.P.B. ‘reserve’. We drove out of the fog and in to sunlight so all we wanted now was the Choughs to be about. We didn’t have long to wait before 2 birds came to investigate the bread crumbs that we had scattered on the grassy area next to the car park. They made 4 visits over the next couple of hours and although they didn’t stay for long we had enough time to get some shots. A couple of Magpies and Jackdaws also helped themselves to the crumbs while the Choughs were away. There were plenty of Guillemots down on the rocks and overhead 3 Peregrines and a Raven. At least 6 Stonechats were on the Heather and Gorse around the car park.

 

We decided it was time to carry on and after calling in at several other areas with out much to show ( the tide was well out so most wading birds were out of camera reach ) we reached the lake at Llanberis.  Most photographers usually say that birds are very often too far away – here the Goosanders are very often far too close ! Over the years they have learned to take advantage of visitors throwing bread out for the Swans and ducks so if you can overcome the problem of getting the correct exposure for a ‘black and white’ bird then photography is easy as they will often come to within a few feet of you ! Our 50p got us an hours parking and it was time to move on again. With not much good daylight left it was up to the Spinnies at Aber Ogwen. A look from both hides gave us a couple of Little Grebes, a Water Rail and Kingfisher and looking out over the estuary in to the dying light we could see several Little Egrets. All that was left to round off a very enjoyable day was fish and chips at Conway …


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