Last night Jane and I paid the first visit of the year to the Dyfi/Aberleri National Nature Reserve behind Borth. The intention was to set some nets, ring some Swallows, furl some nets, sleep, open some nets, ring some warblers. First half of the plan went OK with 87 Swallows and 10 Sand Martins caught but then we got to the 'ring some warblers' part. Inexplicably, in the middle of August, the reed beds were absolutely silent and just 1 Reed Warbler and 2 Sedge Warblers were caught.
By way of a consolation for the early start and low warbler turn-out a net over the Leri produced this cracking juvenile (male?) Kingfisher (and narrowly missed 2 Greenshank) and we briefly had an interested onlooker in a ring of murky water!
You looking at me?!
Photos by Jane