Wednesday, 7 October 2015

A late afternoon stroll at Teifi Marshes

Annie and I managed to get a bit of free time late this afternoon to wander around Teifi Marshes, during glorious sunshine. Nothing particularly notable, but there were good  numbers of teal and mallard in the flooded marshes at high tide. Little grebes were feeding all over the place, we must have seen a dozen or so in the flooded creeks and pools, including one feeding on what might have been a small eel, or perhaps more likely a leach.

We noted at least 4 kingfishers in the area including two at the Kingfisher Pond offering splendid views to visitors to the hide along side little grebes, teal and grey heron etc. Wished we'd had a larger telephoto lens! At least one of the kingfishers was ringed.

Several different Cettis Warbler were singing well but typically from dense cover and rarely obvious. Water Rails were calling from various places but were keeping mainly within the confines of the reed-beds. Small flocks of starlings were starting to come in to roost in the reeds at dusk when we left.