Wednesday 30 July 2008

A Head Tern er! and no mistake.

The view many people enjoyed of the Glaucous Gull as it scavenged around the landfill site in Telford was normally distance and at best unsatisfactory, now how about having a juvenile taking sardines from your sandwich? Well this cheeky chappy was doing just that.
It would use the updrafts from the sea to hang! around looking for those special tid-bits that visitors were leaving around, even to the extent of chasing the Herring gulls away.

Mind you Black headed gulls were a little more cunning in their approach to the free feeds.

Right along the coast young Terns were moving along the beaches and of shore searching out the elusive Sand Eels, for many it took several attempts.

Spotted one?
We moved along the coast to the Tern colony at Cemlyn bay, which was well down in numbers over the previous years. But continued to be entertaining.

A quick shake after a dive and it's back to the chick feed and back to it.
The availability of sand eels was evidently low, as more pipe fish were brought in as food and with little nourishment no wonder the colonies of Common, Arctic and Sandwich Terns were again suffering.

Holyhead habour is always worth a scan as it often holds not only Slavonian Grebes, not this time, but Black Guillimots were around but elusive in terms of the camera.

Not good but perfectly suitable as record shots until next time.
One of the things about Cemlyn, is not just the excellent food at the pub up the road, and of course the colony, but the dropping tide can often present you with opportunities for some good photography.
As in the following set of Turnstone pictures. Be prepared to get down and dirty, oh! and wet!
What a difference summer plumage makes.

They proved really confiding and the Ringed Plovers proved no different, the Spotted Redshanks were another story

The period we were there we counted over 50 Manx Shearwaters, 60+ Gannets a few Petrels and loads of Razorbills and Guillimots moving down the coast past the headland.

So another little look into what and where I have been.

More to come


The other things!!

With the passing of the spring migration and the settling down of our visitors to their daily foraging, things tend to be a bit quieter, this give most people time for those other little interests they might have in the creatures that we share this county with.

So an odd sortment of wee beasties follows, all to be found at Venus Pools.

The Frogger.

I'll let you tell me which one this is?

The Soldier Beetle.

A juvenile Damsel in its rufecens stage it will darken as it ages.

I do not know where the batman shape came from but its odd.

I wonder if this Damsel knows of the intent of the Tick creeping up the stem.

A Male Scorpian fly.

Slimey eyes.
A young Field Cricket.
Not a lot but more to come.
see you later.