A trip to South Stack-Anglesey
Day off work today, Dentist in Holyhead 1045. They rang and cancelled again. so, I decided still to go to Holyhead and go to the RSPB Reserve at the South Stack Lighthouse.
It was rather chilly and the sun kept going in and out but I decided to see what I could see and get some shots. No tripod so all are hand-held (In answer to Ian's question)
The South Stack Lighthouse has warned passing ships of the treacherous rocks below since its completion in 1809. The 28 m (91 ft) lighthouse was designed by Daniel Alexander and the main light is visible to passing vessels for 28 miles, and was designed to allow safe passage for ships on the treacherous Dublin - Holyhead - Liverpool sea route. It provides the first beacon along the northern coast of Anglesey for east-bound ships. It is followed by lighthouses, fog horns and other markers at North Stack, Holyhead breakwater, The Skerries, the Mice and at the north-east tip of the island Trwyn-Du. The lighthouse is operated remotely by Trinity House. It has been visited by the team at Most Haunted.
Visitors can climb to the top of the lighthouse and tour the engine room and exhibition area. The lighthouse is open seasonally.
One bird South Stack is renowned for is the Chough and luckily enough, I spotted two very early on as I walked along the Cliff-Top path
Got these two in flight as they played in the updraft of the cliffs.
Despite the cold, the cliff-top flowers are starting to come out
and are happily growing despite the cold wind in little clumps here and there
adding a little bit of colour to the gorse.
Moving further along the cliff-top I get a glimpse of Razorbills chatting away and adding to the din that are the South Stack cliffs.
They group together in pairs with specially selected nest sites and they spread themselves out along the ledges
unlike the Guillemot, they all stand shoulder to shoulder on every ledge, to make matters worse, with such a great view, they all look to the cliff face.....idiots!!! Lol
Thousands of them, all looking the wrong way. Of course, I might be being unfair to them, they may have a fear of heights!!!
Flying below, a Shag on it's way back to it's nest site
Then far away into the distance, I saw a little bird sitting on a rock. It was a Wheatear, chuffed to see that I was. This shot is cropped right in so you can tell how far away it was. I was not quite sure what it was until I had uploaded it onto the computer.
Overhead I heard a helicopter and wondered if Prince William was flying today....RAF Valley is only a few miles from here.
Walking along the path back to the car park, sat silent on top of the gorse was this Male Linnet
and not too far away was the female. They were not making a sound, just sat there so it pays to keep your eyes peeled and providing you don't go rushing about making too much noise, some birds will let you go within quite a short distance before flying off.
A little further along the path, breaking the skyline was a Rock or Water Pipit, I could not see enough detail to really work this one out.
Then close by, a Stonechat (male)
In this shot, you can see a Caterpillar hanging from his beak.
The female is not as strikingly marked as the male but still a nice sight to behold on a windy chilly day.
I took a couple of shots of her before my attention was again caught by something flying overhead at speed
my first Swallow this year. I had seen a few Martins around the South Stack but you can see by the length of the tail, this is a Swallow
Then my attention was drawn back down to earth by the singing of a little Wren
just sat on the top of the hedge
posing away and obviously enjoying it when the sun came out intermittently
I have cropped and enlarged the first shot, to show a bit more detail.
Then off he shot, showing me just what he thought!!! Lol
On the way home, I called into the Penrhos Nature reserve, just outside Holyhead and took a look along the water-front. A Heron stood as the tide receeded.
Then on a bank accros the little lake, an altercation was taking place between two male Mallards, obviously fighting over the female on the left.
Then from the lake, another male decides to join in the fun!!!
and onto the bank it flew
the female could see that this was no place to be and took off
Typical blokes, fighting over a female. Well it is Spring after all. Silly sods.
There we are then, the tale of the day. I hope you enjoyed the little trip I took today and I hope you can join me again on one of my little jaunts in and around the Anglesey area.
Till the next time, thanks for watching.