Sunday, 15 January 2012

Welsh Wanderings

With high tide due at around lunch and a fine forcast given out Lesley, Little Gem and me headed off to North Wales for the day.

First port of call was the marine lake at Rhyl for the long staying Great Northern Diver, soon found the bird although initially at the opposite end to where we had parked so we moved around and managed some great close in views allowing me to get a few shots.

Great Northern Diver at Rhyl Marine Lake

Cormorant at Rhyl Marine Lake

It was then the short drive to Kinmel Bay for the Snow Bunting, there were less on show then when we visited just before Christmas but still there were 6 birds on show plus Greenfinch and a single Meadow Pipit all taking advantage of the seed put out.

Snow Bunting Kinmel Bay

The last place we were due to visit was Rhos on Sea where we planned to have lunch and hopefully see some Purple Sandpiper, we didn't get any Purple Sandpipers but we did get Oystercatcher, Redshank, Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Turnstone on the wader front plus a Shag a bit further along just beyond the small church.

Turnstone at Rhos on Sea

Oystercatcher heading off to roost at Rhos on Sea

Black Headed Gull at Rhos on Sea

Dunlin at Rhos on Sea
Shag at Rhos on Sea

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