Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Gigrin Farm

Gigrin has been on the cards for a while and with the Black Kite being reported virtually everyday it seemed like the perfect opportunity. A quick check on the weather and it was planned.

Sunday morning came and I set off about six o'clock (like usual) the plan was to take a walk around Elan Valley first before moving onto Gigrin at one o'clock once it opened. By the time I had reached Leominster it was evident that they'd recieved of couple of inches of the white stuff make the roads beyond Leominster very trecherous, taking it steady I slowly moved towards Elan Valley.
I spent a few hours walking around not really venturing very far due to the Snow, I walked along the river where I spotted a pair of Goosander but that was about it. The main thing that kept me going was the feeders outside the Visitor center, they were regularly visited by Great Tit's, Blue Tit's, Coal Tit and the occasional Nuthatch and to my surprise a Willow Tit.
I took a walk near the reservior to see if I could spot anything on there, thought there might be an odd Duck or something...not a bean! about as empty as the card in my camera.

I did manage a few glimpse's of overhead Kite's and Buzzards, all to distant really though for any decent shots, pity really. I really fancied a few decent Buzzard shots. One bird I seem to struggle with yet probably see more than anything else..crazy!

I made my way over to Gigrin around twelve o'clock, I did try and drive up the driveway but failed misrablely due to the Snow. I ended up parking about a half a mile away on some estate.
I spent the first hour or so walking the Farm Trail which to my surprise was pretty good. I found that at about twelve o'clock the birds just seem to give up and just come in and wait for the dinner to be served, there were Buzzards all around the Trail and plenty of Kite's too.

Feeding time soon came around and I settled down to to filling 12GB of flash cards, here's just a few of the shot''s I manged to get...Oh and the Black Kite put in an appearence.

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