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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

Ians hide is a real hoot

I spent yesterday evening at my friend Ian Howells Owl hide in Cwmbran.

I've visited it before on a number of occasions , my first experience photographing Tawny Owls there back in June 2017. Last year it was raining and we had two visits from the Tawny Owls. I got some great pictures despite the rain and was extremely happy with my first ever pictures of these enigmatic birds.

Ian has put a huge amount of effort in to build from scratch a fantastic set up that allows you to get close to the birds without being seen and causes absolutely minimal disturbance.

There has been a lot of thought put into the hides setup and I must admit he has thought of things to ensure you get the best pictures possible that many professionals would learn from.

This was my second visit to take photos of the owls. I wasn't disappointed. The weather was perfect, clear skies and no wind. We had four visits from what we think are the male and female over a four hour period.

 Wildlife rarely obeys the script and wild animals are rightly wary , nature photography always requires a lot of patience - and being quiet.

I think I was really fortunate to get the photos I did . However I credit the good photos I got to Ians hard work and daily dedication to maintaining the hides and his knowledge of photography- especially setting up the flashes. Ian knows how to set up both Nikon and Canons.

I would recommend to any of my friends to consider a visit. The fee is very reasonable and covers Ians efforts maintaining the hides and knowledge.

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