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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

A view to a kill

I had an amazing experience on the weekend when I came across a female Sparrowhawk that had just made a kill.

The view of the kill was the first time that I have had a camera to hand and its the closet that I have ever got to one of the these fierce avian predators.

In my last blog post I told the story of how I came across the high drama on the roadside of a local industrial estate. Since then I have had the opportunity to process a few more pictures which I will share with my readers today.

Sparrowhawks whilst being very elusive predators are our second most common bird of prey in the UK. The females are a lot bigger than males. Studies suggest that this is because the females specialise in bigger prey than the males. Small birds tend to be the targets of male birds whilst the females will go for much bigger prey species such as Woodpigeons ( as shown in the pictures).

The female that I watched had a very distinctive tear drop from her pupil of her left eye into her iris.

If I am ever lucky enough to see a sparrowhawk again in this area I will be looking for that.




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