Welsh National Wetland Centre – 29/iv/14

Today, I visited Penclacwydd WWT in the hope of seeing the Franklin’s Gull, and picking up on a few other bits and pieces. Myself and my Grandma arrived around 10 o’clock, but there was no sign of the Gull from the British Steel Hide. There were a few Little Egret and Lapwing here and four Bar-Tailed Godwit, one of which was in brick-red summer plumage.

Next, we visited the lagoon, viewed from the observatory hide, and we had good prolonged views of a feeding 1st-year Little Gull. It would sometimes come within a few metres of the hide – by far the best views I have ever had of this species. Photographing it was still not easy by any means:

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Also present on the lagoon were many breeding Black-Headed Gulls, a few neat Mediterranean Gulls in full summer plumage and about 80 Black-Tailed Godwits.

Black-Tailed Godwit 0043 Ced

Another scan from the British Steel Hide produced just a few Black-Headed Gulls and a Greenshank and a Peregrine. However, at the I found a female Garganey which had not been previously reported, and a group of waders including six Greenshank, a Redshank and a summer plumage Spotted Redshank.

Spotted Redshank 0048 Ced

On the way to the Heron’s Wing Hide, several singing Whitethroat were seen. At the hide itself, a 1st-year Mediterranean Gull was at relatively close range on the island. The best bird here was a GLOSSY IBIS on the island, which was seen well from the Sir Peter Scott hide. Great consolation for missing out on the Franklin’s Gull!

Glossy Ibis 0033 Ced

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