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Purple on the rocks

  I have the real pleasure of writing my first blog post of 2022 about a trip to Battery Point, Portishead, Bristol to photograph Purple Sandpipers (Calidris Maritima). As many of my readers will know I love waders probably above all bird species and so when I had the opportunity to get some pictures with my good friend Paul Joy of this rare, specially protected and very confiding wader species that winters in the UK coastland I was really excited. Up until this point I had never seen a Purple Sandpiper. They are small waders, bigger than a Dunlin but slightly smaller and less robust than a Turnstone.  They migrate to the UK in the winter from as far away places as Canada, Greenland, Svalbard, Fennoscandia and Russia. They then spend their time along the coasts roosting and feeding on various rocky outcrops. They have a preference for rocks covered with seaweeds where they forage for insects, molluscs and crustaceans. They get their names because of a Purple sheen that can be seen in t

A snowy festive day in my friends hide.

I spent  the day at my friend Ian Howells wildlife hide.
Located in the Cwmbran countryside it gets a great deal of local wildlife.

On a previous visit I had my first photographs of a Tawny Owl and on this occasion I was hoping to see some Woodpeckers and try out his new reflection pool. I wasn't disappointed as he has done a fine job of it.

The weather today was very festive with a light covering of snow and frost.
We had to de-ice the pool as it was frozen. Its my first experience of taking photographs of birds at a pool and it was challenging to get the shot right and time it correctly as typical of birds they do not settle for long.
You get a great mirroring reflection when you get it right.

There were lots of variety of bird species - A flock of Long Tailed Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Dunnocks, House Sparrow , Gold Finches and Greater Spotted Woodpeckers.

In the area we spotted Buzzards and a Kestrel


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