I'm back in Wales at the moment, and despite the almost continual rain, I have been able to get out a few times. A much used adjective is 'amazing', but it really is an amazing place to visit.
North Wales has some beautiful scenery, and some excellent places to visit.
One of the paths through the woods at RSPB Ynys-hir, lined with Bluebells.
This path in the woods at Loggerheads Country Park, was lined with Wild Garlic.
The aroma was something to experience.
This is Herb-paris, a plant I've never seen or heard of before.
A visit to Wales should always include Conwy.
With its old castle
and RSPB nature reserve, there's always something to see and point the camera at.
Some rather boisterous Shelduck.
Every visit to Wales I always say to myself, I'll head over to Anglesey, and South Stack. I never do ............. but this time, a sunny morning saw me heading there.
The tourist shot
It's a birding paradise.
Ravens and Chough filling the sky, Stonechat, Rock Pipit and Whitethroat amongst the gorse, Puffins Guillemots and Razorbill on the rocks, and a real highlight ........... a Peregrine.
A schedule 1 bird. A bird that is protected by law. A bird you must usually obtain a licence to photograph at its nest, with a few exceptions. A magnificent hunter.
On one of the rock edges, with fantastic views from a footpath opposite, a pair have made a nest.
Talking to one of the volunteers here, who happens to live not far from where I live, (she comes here 2 weeks of the year as a working type holiday), she told me the bird has been sitting on an egg for a couple of weeks. It's doubtful that it will hatch; but the proud parents do have one chick to look after.
I spent a good deal of my visit watching this beautiful bird and its chick.
A very attentive parent.
When I did venture off to explore more of the area and its wildlife, on my return I was told by one of the group of people all excitedly watching, the male had appeared with breakfast earlier.
Dam, missed it.
The female also carefully fed the chick, with what appeared to be a Blackbird breakfast.
I watched some more, and took more pictures.
A steady stream of visitors walked by, and stopped to join the group of people watching this amazing bird. Young children were in awe at seeing such a bird and its chick so close.
It's worth pointing out that it's nesting site was some way from the path, the other side of a very steep drop, on the cliff edge. A very safe place for it.
Eventually the female briefly left the nest, for a quick wing stretch.
This gave us all some perfect views of the young one.
She soon returned though, thankfully. The little one did seem to want to explore a little too much close to the edge!
She soon had him sorted, and for a while they sat snuggled up.
A little while later, as the day was turning to late afternoon, they both stood side by side in the warming rays of the sun.
Just before I left, the female was sat calling. I presume calling to the male, wondering where supper was?
A truly unforgettable and amazing encounter.