Saturday, October 29, 2005

Glossy Ibis - North Wales, 29th October 2005.

A twitch for the superb Glossy Ibis at Porth Neigwl, Gwynedd, saw the bird feeding on flood meadow inland of Hells Mouth beach upon arrival. Despite being fairly distant, perfectly adequate scope views were had, and the above videograb obtained on 200x mag.

Enroute back northwards, a stop off at the Great Orme, LLandudno, mid-pm, primarily for the Lapland Buntings, produced a bonus bird in the form of a Firecrest found by a local birder in the Churchyard bushes. I managed to obtain the poor record shots above during the short time the bird was in view. By the time I tried for the Lap Bunts the weather had turned horrendous, with gale force wind and driving rain making searching very difficult. However, i suceeded in locating one bird, which gave good bins and scope views. I was fortunate the rain did not destroy my camera in the process of obtaining the record shots above.