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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

A rainy morning at the Lagoons

Had to get out this morning for some fresh air and my weekend dose of wildlife watching.

Decided to venture down the the RSPB reserve at Goldcliffe Lagoons and chance seeing a few birds,hoping the tide would bring them in.

The rain eased now and again so was able to stand at some of the platforms and get a good view of what birds were on offer.

I wanted to get some flight pics today, not ideal as it was cloudy and wet but I gave it a go. There was a nice flock of Avocets that I was hoping would take flight when a predator flew over but I ether missed there aerial acrobatics or they did not really do much.

The Black Tailed Godwits made up for the Avocets not flying and provided some nice photo opportunities of the synchronised aerobatics. I like wading birds when they fly around in panicked circles en masse.

The Marsh Harriers put in a few appearances. From a good distance away I caught site of what I think was a female. I later got some closer pictures of a male hunting above the reeds.

There were plenty of other birds on show- Lapwings, Common Redshank, Shovelers, Wigeon, Teal, Coot , Canada Geese, Greylags, Mallards , Curlew, Oyster Catchers, Mute Swans and Ringed Plovers.

I keep hearing the Cetti Warblers in the hedgerows but I have not caught so much as a glimpse.


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