Saturday, December 31, 2011

Oystercatcher and Cormorant

A few more shots from my trip to Rhossili.
These were two of numerous birds flying over the causeway:-
First, an Oystercatcher:

It's not possible to read the inscription on its leg-ring, unfortunately.

One of many fly-over Cormorants:

Thursday, December 29, 2011


A couple of shots of Turnstones from my trip to Rhossili yesterday:

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Purple Sandpipers on Worm's Head Causeway

A trip out to Rhossili for me this afternoon. Crossing the causeway to Worm's Head, I came across a small flock of Turnstones scuttling along the shoreline. In amongst them, were a couple of the rarer Purple Sandpipers. As usual with this species, they were pretty approachable, allowing a few shots in the (even rarer!) sunshine: 

I then headed across to the tidal island of Worm's Head, where I spent a couple of hours watching and photographing the many Grey Seals drifting offshore there. Returning towards dry land, I saw at least ten Purple Sandpipers feeding with larger numbers of Turnstones. I was able to capture this shot in the last rays of the sun:

And this one after the sun had gone down (amazing the difference the sun makes to the apparant plumage colour):

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Carrion Crow

Not done much bird photography of late, but I did manage a few shots of this Carrion Crow as it devoured a Mussel on the beach recently:

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Caswell Bay at Dusk

I went for a walk round at Caswell Bay in late afternoon. This was the scene that greeted me:

After a stroll around in nearby Bishop's Wood, I returned to the beach as darkness fell:

I had been hoping for a nice sunset, but instead I had to make do with a few long-exposure shots of the blue dusk:

These two shots were the longest exposures of all, which allowed the nearby tungsten lights to register on the sensor, and add their own hues to the scene:

It was strangely therapeutic standing virtually alone on the sand in near darkness, with only the sounds of the waves and wind for company, and nice to have a brief respite from the constant clamour and haste of modernity!