Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Cemlyn Bay

I visited the beautiful Isle of Anglesey last Wednesday with my friend Jane and despite the almost non-stop rain managed to have a great day's birdwatching. We spent the morning at the RSPB's South Stack reserve where there were still good numbers of auks on the cliffs including some chicks. Harbour Porpoise were showing well off the lighthouse stack with at least three animals feeding. A few Gannets were seen diving for fish and there was a constant stream of Manx Shearwaters flying past. Puffins, Choughs, Ravens and Kittiwakes were all seen well.
A veritable tern festival was had in the afternoon at Cemlyn Bay, where around 2000 pairs of Sandwich Terns have nested this year. According to one of the wardens, unfortunately the earlier nesting Common Terns have not fared so well. Arctic Terns were also seen along with one or two Black Guillemots in the bay. The following photos are all of Sandwich Terns.

Sandwich Tern trying to out-compete Puffins in the carry-a -
sandeel contest!

Sandwich Terns manage to call continuously as they return to
the colony without dropping their fish.

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