A photography blog by Blair Jones a Gwent based birder, photographer , drone pilot, bird and photography talk presenter and blogger. Passionate about Gwent Wildlife and Goldcliff Lagoons NWR. Gwent Ornithological Society Secretary/Committee Member and BTO Volunteer.
The North Gwent uplands have an incredible amount of biodiversity. Especially at this time of year as the summer migrants return to breed.
Yesterday my friend Paul and me toured some great upland locations scouting them out for the spring bird arrivals. I must confess I've not ventured North of the county this year so it was a nice change from the wetland habitats I have been concentrating on.
We did not hear or see any cuckoos. They are sure to arrive soon and this year they are one of my target species for a photograph.
The weather was fantastic. Warm and sunny for a change.
The rising thermals attracted several Buzzards and a Red Kite to the area.
We were treated to some aerial displays from the Buzzards right above our heads.
On the scree slopes around the old quarries the Wheatear's showed well, but remain in low numbers. The numbers will no doubt increase over the next few weeks.
The Skylarks and Meadow Pipits were found in good numbers. I love to see the Skylarks rise into the sky and start singing. Really feels summery when you hear their song.
Ravens were croaking around the hill and keeping a wary eye on our progress around the hill. I feel Corvids are so under-rated. They are amazingly versatile clever birds. I am sure they love to play in the thermals, showing off their aerodynamic skills.
After patiently waiting near some Gorse in another upland location we were rewarded with Yellowhammers and Redpolls. These are not birds you tend to see every day and I cant wait to photograph them again on another occasion.