Friday, 29 March 2013

Ceibwr and Gwbert

When we arrived at Ceibwr this bird was walking down the road towards us. I think it is a rock pipit:

Following on from the previous post re: Spring, caught sight of my first wheatears of the year in Ceibwr:


Taken with my 500 lens with 1.4TC ISO1000 f5.6 @ 1/5000sec.

Down in Gwbert we found the following:


The grey plover that's been hanging around the estuary all winter:

and some sanderlings:

Monday, 25 March 2013

Spring is here

While parts of Wales have snow on the ground there are signs of spring at the Teifi Marshes Reserve. One or two sand martins have been seen since about the 8th. March but today is the first day I have seen several sand martins at the Kingfisher Hide. In addition there was a sizeable movement of chiffchaff. Here are two images:

As you can see this chiff has a ring. Looking at the figures showing it is likely to have been ringed here on the Teifi.


Tuesday, 19 March 2013

A snipe at the Kingfisher Hide

Snipe are notoriously difficult to get good images of. First of all they are difficult to see as they spend their time feeding in the reeds, and secondly they are very shy birds so usually any sighting is of a distant bird. This week my luck changed and on seeing a pair of snipe feeding in nearby reeds they did not fly away but fly towards the hide! Managed several images with my 400mm lens, these two are probably the best:

An Osprey on the Teifi Marshes

Walking back from the Kingfisher Hide towards the car park last Thursday I was confronted by two excited bird watchers. They were very excited to see an osprey on our camera post near the osprey nest. I took a photograph of the bird and mentioned at the time that I thought it was a buzzard but was laughed at. I was told that it definitely was an osprey. When I arrived home and looked at my e-mail there was one from Nathan confirming the sighting of an osprey on the reserve. I phoned him and said that I had an image of the bird but thought that it was a buzzard - on looking at the image he confirmed that it was in fact a light coloured buzzard. Here is the image:

Better luck next time. This is one time I did not want to be right!

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Sand martins arrived on the Teifi

Sand Martins have arrived on the Teifi. I have not managed a photograph as yet but while waiting for them I managed this image of a little egret with fish at the Mallard Hide on the Teifi Marshes reserve:

Monday, 4 March 2013

Rock Pipit on the Teifi

There was a recent report of a Water Pipit near the Webley Hotel. Tried for it a couple of times but only seen rock pipits. This is an image of one of them: