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Purple on the rocks

  I have the real pleasure of writing my first blog post of 2022 about a trip to Battery Point, Portishead, Bristol to photograph Purple Sandpipers (Calidris Maritima). As many of my readers will know I love waders probably above all bird species and so when I had the opportunity to get some pictures with my good friend Paul Joy of this rare, specially protected and very confiding wader species that winters in the UK coastland I was really excited. Up until this point I had never seen a Purple Sandpiper. They are small waders, bigger than a Dunlin but slightly smaller and less robust than a Turnstone.  They migrate to the UK in the winter from as far away places as Canada, Greenland, Svalbard, Fennoscandia and Russia. They then spend their time along the coasts roosting and feeding on various rocky outcrops. They have a preference for rocks covered with seaweeds where they forage for insects, molluscs and crustaceans. They get their names because of a Purple sheen that can be seen in t

Spreading the love of Goldcliff Lagoons

I was honoured to be invited by Gwent Ornithological Society to be a guest talker at their meeting last night.

It's the first time I have actually delivered a presentation about birds and something that I am very passionate about that is not work-related. What a novel and good experience it was to be had.

I hope my passion for Goldcliff Lagoons and its wildlife came across and hopefully spread my love of the reserve to the audience.

On that note, I was made up by the turnout and it was great to see many of my good birding and photography friends attend to support me.

A big thanks to Gwent Ornithological Society for being great hosts and thanks to everyone who attended. 

My friend and fellow blogger Neville Davies took the pictures. A nice thought and thanks for sharing.

I look forward to seeing many of you again of course at Goldcliff Lagoons.


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