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A new era dawns

A new era dawns. Today marked my first visit to Goldcliff Lagoons since the sad death of  Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. She was a great and very respected monarch throughout the world.  Her passing marked the end of the modern Elizabethan era and the dawn of a new one. King Charles III has now ascended to the throne - "God save the King". The new era will be called the Carolean age under King Charles III. I thought his first speech was very touching and I believe he will be a great King like his mother. We also now have a new Prince of Wales with Prince William taking on his father's previous titles.  Every time I now take picture of the second Severn crossing - namely the Prince of Wales bridge there will be a different face that now pops up in my head. The Prince of Wales Bridge I've had a very stressful and busy week myself and I was in real need of some bird therapy today for a few hours to take my mind off things. A visit to Goldcliff Lagoons alway

Another bird species to Cross off my list

Gwent has some amazing bird species. This year I have been very fortunate to experience seeing  what would be called in Twitching terms "lifer" species - firsts!

I attended a local forestry area with my fellow birder after a tip off that Crossbills were frequenting the location.

Well , after some searching around and waiting for the weather to perk up we got lucky and found a flock of 15 to 20. The Crossbills are furtive creatures and they have a habit of feeding and perching in the arboreal tree tops.

This means getting close to them is very difficult so requires use of large telescopic lenses on our cameras to get just a record photograph.

I was more than pleased just to just see them.

Whilst bird watching we also came across a Kestrel that was hovering away hunting before it settled in a tree at a distance.





I finished the day taking pictures of the Harvest Moon. What a fantastic sight.


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