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Skomer Part 1 - The first voyage

A Manx Shearwater I have recently returned from my annual pilgrimage to the island of Skomer, having enjoyed a fabulous three days of birding along the Pembrokeshire coastline with my "Three Amigo" friends Paul and Nicola. We had been planning for the trip for ages. Leading up to our trip the days, hours and seconds seemed to pass ever so slowly. It's then just typical once you end up going on your trip it seems to be over way too quickly - time certainly flies when you are enjoying yourself and in good company. This year we had  arranged three boat trips through Pembrokeshire Boat Trips Day 1 - Seabird Spectacular Day 2 - Skomer Day 3 - Grassholm I have decided to write three blog posts documenting the trip and this is the first one to kick things off. The First Voyage. The weather forecast was looking rather dodgy for the weekend with high winds and rain predicted. Thankfully the dreaded North winds were not expected so there was a very good chance that most of the boat

A golden dawn at the Marshes

I arrived at the Goldcliff Lagoons just as dawn was approaching. By the time I had got to sea wall hide the first rays of light were on the horizon.

As the sun rose the reeds certainly take on a lovely golden glow.

Quite a variety of birds made an appearance today. a large contingent of Curlews were feeding. I love the call of  a Curlews - it really stirs something in me that feels "that is a call of the wild"..

Lapwings today were not as concentrated at the reed beds. preferring to group as a flock near the first hide to the reserve or spread about.

No sign of the Marsh Harrier today but other raptors did make an appearance.

A female Kestrel hunted for a while and then a Buzzard flew in and got mobbed by two  Ravens.

I enjoyed watching the Wigeon, Lapwing and Dunlins take off and fly around in flocks at any sign of impending danger. The Dunlins are amazingly quick formation flyers.

To finish the morning I got some pictures of a Redwing and Fieldfare in the Hawthorns.


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