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The Mumbles on the Gower Peninsula

Posted on March 8, 2012 by charlie

I have just returned from a few days on the Gower Peninsula in Wales. It wasn’t a birding break but whilst I was there I got up at dawn a couple of days and walked the coastal path in the Langland area of the Mumbles. It is an area I have never visited before, it is so beautiful and I will go again sometime and there are plenty of birds in the area as well. Spring has definitely arrived in this part of Wales, 6.30am starts were still a bit chilly but the early morning sun soon warmed the air. The Gorse was in full flower and the birds loved it flying in and out feeding on insects and seeds. The air was full of bird song and listening to them with the warmth of the sun on your back ¬†and the waves crashing on the beach must be one of the nicest things when you are out and about early in the morning by yourself away from the madding crowd.

I also had a walk along Swansea Bay which is also packed full of birds in particular Curlew, Redshank, Knot, Oystercatcher, Turnstone and Brent Geese besides all the Gulls which I am no expert at identifying, all viewed with binoculars at distance.

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Typical habitat for warblers and chats are areas where there is plenty of gorse. I was so pleased to see so much of it on the coastal path and my spirits rose because I new there was a good chance of some good birds. I thought I heard the song of a Dartford Warbler and after about half an hour hanging around one popped his head up above the Gorse and then disappeared not to be seen again. This picture and the one below were taken the next day when I had better views and better early morning warm light as well.

Wildlife Photography

There call is so distinctive, it is the sort of call that once you have heard it you remember it the next time you hear it. This bird showed well for about one or two minutes. Not a long time but long enough for some nice pictures. The white spots in the reddish throat indicate this is a male bird.. Dartford Warblers are manly found in southern England but are slowly spreading to other areas of the UK.

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