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The Celtic Rain Forest RSPB Gwenffrwd-Dinas

Common Redstart (Male) One of the most unique and incredible places to birdwatch in Wales has to be RSPB Gwenffrwd-Dinas (Dinas) The reserve is situated around a hill named "Dinas" in mid-wales a few miles outside the town of Llandovery. The hill ( I can't help but call it a mountain) which is 331 meters high has steep slopes that are covered in predominantly Atlantic Oak and Alder Trees and other areas covered in scrubland. I did some research about Atlantic Rainforests and according to the Woodland Trust , this type of habitat is found in places that have high rainfall but with low variation in temperature throughout the year. I have been visiting Dinas with my three amigo friends for the last couple of years and I must admit it is one of the only places that I have been to that has thousands of Oak trees densely packed around a mountain like this. When I walk into the woodland I imagine I am in something out of J R Tolkiens Lord of The Rings. It really is magical. Din

Oh Deer me - no Kingfishers this evening

This evening was a classic example of what Wildlife photography can be like. Its a test of patience and endurance at times. I did not have a single visit from the Kingfishers , only the odd passing call. My knees were aching from being immobile for hours.

However whilst quietly waiting I heard a splash and thought it was an otter . I looked through a side hole on my hide and was surprised to see a Deer crossing the river. I desperately tried to dismount my camera off the tripod to move it to the side but by that time, the Deer had crossed and walked up onto the bank. Its the best photo I could get.

I have no idea what type of Deer it is.

I finished the evening with a walk and found a small flock of Spotted Flycatchers that had been joined by a few Long Tailed Tits which were doing a really good job of imitating them catching flies from Willow perches.


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