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Forest Bathing in the Woods of Gwent

  A beautiful Bluebell Wood. This spring I have focused my photography on new areas beyond my usual haunt of Goldcliff Lagoons and have been exploring several wonderful local woods. Life for me is busy at the moment and at times the stresses and strains of life have left me in a real need of opportunities to get outdoors with nature. I am fortunate to have some great woods on my doorstep where I can spend some time "Forest Bathing" to detox and destress from all the hustle and bustle. Spring is one of the best times of the year to visit the woods of Gwent. The woods are full of life. It's like a botanic explosion has occurred with flora and fauna of all kinds coming into life and making an appearance. Walking through the woods is a real sensory experience. The eyes are dazzled with an array of different colours, lots of fresh greens, the whole spectrum of coloured flowers, Yellow celandine, the white of the Anemones, Pinks of the Red Campions, and more yellows from Wild D

An evening at Aust Wharf

The only time I have ever seen Aust Wharf is when I have been crossing the old Severn Bridge. Its a strip of Marshy Grassland that runs alongside the Seven Estuary between the old and new bridges.

On the weekend I became aware that there were Short Eared Owls showing up there regularly.

I managed to get over there during the evening and had an amazing time of it watching two owls hunt along the marshy grassland for voles.

The owls occasionally met along the wharf and had a little fight and then made there separate ways. On one occasion a female Kestrel attempted to steal one of the Owls prey which was met with stiff opposition from the owl.

I was able to get some fantastic photographs just keeping a respectful distance away standing on the road most of the time.

The owls are of quite an impressive size and look amazing. Their yellow eyes really stand out.

They hunt flying slowly and very low across the ground. They then stop abruptly, turn and stoop low onto the unsuspecting prey.

I could hear voles squeaking all over the place so the grassland must be full of them.

As the sunset and light became poor I waited for a Barn Owl that has been frequenting the location but unfortunately it did not make an appearance.

I did get to see a pair of Kestrels mating at the top of a tree in the last of the light which was a first.






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