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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

Eye spy with my little eye something beginning with O

This evening I was doing the rounds around some of my local haunts to see whether any of my favourite migrant birds had arrived yet.

I decided to take a stroll along the River Usk, walked a couple of miles and caught sight of a Kingfisher that flew off in a flash of blue.

For some reason I looked up, rare for me when I've got a Kingfisher in my sights and then I saw a huge black and white bird . Incredibly it was an Osprey flying up River.

I quickly focussed on it with the lens and took as many pics as I could.

Its got a ring on it which I have reported to Roy Dennis website .

To say I am over joyed is an understatement. This is the first time in my life to see one of these magnificent birds. Wow.


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