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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

Cuckoo Cuckoo

At long last I have got a photograph of a Cuckoo. It required a very early start and the sharp eyes of my friend Paul Joy.

This mornings weather up the Blorenge was bleak. Only a week ago I was wearing practically a T-Shirt and Shorts. Today it was like winter up on the mountain and with a bitter wind blowing. Visibility was not exactly what you call clear either with a mist at the top of the Blorenge.

Lower down the slopes of the mountain it was somewhat better. We heard two Cuckoos calling across the valley to each other and we started trying to triangulate there location.

Paul caught sight of one bird flying off towards the Punchbowl and we headed after it to chance our luck.

After a bit of a wait we finally saw a Cuckoo settle on top of a tree. It was amazing to watch it calling and actually see it doing it for a change.

The bird then moved from tree to tree, swooping down low very Sparrowhawk like before landing on a bit of a perch.

We managed to get some reasonably close view of it before it took off. It gave us the run a round in the area keeping its distance.

Cuckoo

The weather began to deteriorate so we took a trip up to Pwll ddu.

When we arrived there we were greeted with a horrendous site of a pile of rubbish. Fly-tipping is absolutely outrageous and a horrible stain on the landscape.

Fly-tipping at Pwll Ddu
The rain and wind picked up once we started to look for Wheatears on the hill.

The Wheaters were not too hard to find despite the weather conditions and I was able to get some nice pictures of them on a dry-stone wall.

That was before another blight on the landscape turned up - off-road motorcycles grrr.


Wheatear
Finally after starting to return to the car after the motorbikes scared the Wheatears away we saw another Cuckoo and watched it for a short while before it got mobbed by a Meadow Pipit and flew out of sight.

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