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Yesterday I joined my Glamorgan Bird Club buddies on a field trip to Kidwelly Quay and Burry Port, the furthest west I’ve been so far in Wales. The scenery was superb and, though the stiff westerlies were tear-inducing, we managed to dodge most of the fast-moving squalls. The birds were mostly too distant for my camera but, not yet having binoculars of my own, I was very grateful to have the loan of a Club pair so enjoyed excellent views of a great range of waders and shore birds. And I bagged a lifer!

170731 Kidwelly Quay (1)

170731 Kidwelly Quay (2)

Swallows on the wires

170731 Kidwelly Quay (3)

A whimbrel

170731 Kidwelly Quay (4)

A profusion of Little egrets

170731 Burry Port (1)

170731 Burry Port (2)

Oystercatchers at rest and, below, on the move.

170731 Burry Port (3)

170731 Burry Port (4)

The highlight of the day for me was seeing the marvellous aerial displays of my first-ever Sandwich terns.

170731 Burry Port (5)

Time to head for the cars before this arrived!