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February 08, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

​The journey to Portmadog was interesting. not only for the changeable scenery but the sudden band of snow encountered on the road on the downward side of the hills for about 400 meters! the reason for the trip was as usual to see some interesting species on the coast. And it was not disappointing at all as you will see.

Red-breasted MerganserRed-breasted Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

​This outstanding male was with a female and two juveniles on the water situated on the non seaward side of the bridge by the Harbour rail station.

Red-breasted MerganserRed-breasted Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser M&F

Red-breasted Merganser femaleRed-breasted Merganser female

RBM female

It was a bit windy and cold as the wind whipped in of off the sea.

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Great-northern Diver

Great-northern DiverGreat-northern Diver

Great-northern Diver

At times this confiding individual was too close.

There were loads of supporting species from four little grebes staying close together and a long way out, sadly the Black-necked Grebe and Red-necked Grebe were not visible today although they were reported in the vicinity, next time perhaps?

So there you go a little from the weekend, it was a trip we enjoyed and which included some exciting moments there was for example three Great- northern Divers there to keep the fingers warm on the shutter release..

 

Well that's it for this entry into the blog for this time round, hoping to provide more as we progress into the Spring, and if things run as they have for the last few year more snow and ice rather than the bloody rain.

See you soon

Paul


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