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.
An evening at Llandegfedd watching a masterful fisher.
After seeing a few reports of an Osprey being sighted at Llandegfedd Reservoir in recent days I decided to spend and evening over there and try my luck.
On arrival at the North end fisherman car park I did the mandatory check that all birders do - had a look at the "Osprey" post. In the past all I have ever seen is a cormorant or sea gull. I have lost count of how many times I have peered through my lens longing to see something good on the post.
This evening I was not disappointed . After decades of bird watching at the reservoir at long last, there was an Osprey perched on the post.
I watched it from a respectful distance for a while and then tried to re-position for a better view.
The surrounding area is very waterlogged so by the time I had moved I noticed from the distance that it was now hovering in the air against the wind and flew off.
Osprey hovering in the wind
A few hours later it flew across the reservoir and I watched it spectacularly stoop from a great height and catch a huge fish. Even from a great distance the splash was big. It struggled to take off from the water with its prey but it managed it after a few attempts. The Osprey flew off out of sight with its catch.
Watching a master fisherman in action is something I will never forget. Amazing.