© all rights reserved.


Just click on the pictures to enlarge.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Forest Farm Nature Reseve

Some of the regulars.

There are a few Kingfishers around the canal and ponds and this shot was taken from the hide.  I cropped it but really you need a long telephoto for the good shots.

There are photographers in the hides who spend hours photographing the Kingfishers trying for the perfect shot.  One of them was saying that he wants one of the Kingfisher just about to go into the water and then emerging with a fish.


Wood Pigeon

Chaffinch - male

Blackbird - female 

Mallard - drake


Moorhen



Plenty of standing water and also the old Glamorgan canal and its feeders.






The cycle path goes around the reserve and its well lit.





The water turbine is a a new development and provides enough renewable energy to cater for 550 homes.  With all the water we have in Wales I wonder why haven't more of these been built.  However according to a Council friend they are monitoring this one before building more. 




They included a fish ladder.



and the train passengers get a good view too.



This little guy, a Pied Wagtail, is a regular visitor at home and has become very tame.  He will hover outside the window and then wait close to you when you put meal worms down.  With all the cats around I dont want him to become too complacent.




12 comments:

  1. WOW you saw some really nice birds!! A very good path for sure, Kingfishers are very hard to get good shots of, since they are so quick! Hope that fellow got his shot!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think we all dream of the perfect shot Sondra. Its a great place and we're lucky to have it so near.

      Delete
  2. You got some great shots...you should be in National Geographics. Lovely photo's.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Cracking photos! The colouring of Kingfishers really is superb isn't it, incredible colours when you look closely at them. I saw some once by the Tresillian River - no chance of getting photos of them though - too small and fast moving for my compact.

    It beats me why we don't use water power for more applications it really does. They're trialling a wave energy hub down here, and from the way they spout on you'd think using water, any water to power things was some new fangled idea. We've got wind turbines all over the shop, and while I don't mind them, I can see how many folk think they spoil the landscape. Plus they only work when the wind is blowing. You can get energy from water 24/7 all year round and often, even in rivers, most of the gubbins can be hidden, and they don't spoil the landscape in the way turbines do.

    That nature reserve looks an interesting place to spend some time, I'm jealous, the ones round here are very boring!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Its a great place Mick and only 3 miles away and a nice ride too.

      Delete
  4. That Pied Wagtail is absolutely beautiful...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Its also nice that they learn to trust you.

      Delete
  5. Brilliant!
    Getting birds in the right position and posing for you is really difficult. Bribery helps!
    Great pictures and a place well worth a visit.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Mr A. Places Like this are essential in a city and the Friends of Forest Farm do a great job in helping out so it well looked after.

      Delete
  6. A great series. I don't have the patience to photograph birds. Well done

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think the patience comes with retirement Mo, and having plenty of time.

      Delete

Thanks for your comments. Whenever possible I will always reply. Dave