autumn migration, birding, British birds, Cardiff Bay birding, migrating birds, Oenanthe oenanthe, Wheatear
During a recent circuit of Cardiff Bay, I spent a wonderful 30 minutes with this very confiding Wheatear.
Though it was naturally very wary of the noisy people and dogs passing by, as I was quiet and non-threatening it allowed me to get quite close.
As I watched, it went scurrying across the grass after flying insects, dipping and flashing the white under-tail feathers it’s named for, constantly checking the sky for signs of danger.
And I particularly loved how, when there was no higher object to pop up on, it hopped on to a small rock to try to survey its surroundings. Magical moments with a special little bird!
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