One advantage of the dry weather this year has been the opportunity to access Pwll Cain with the digger and do some long overdue silt clearance. This pond, located in the wetland fields underneath Carreg Fawr, was originally constructed in 1979 with the purpose of attracting passage birds and enhancing the feeding potential for wetland birds and other animals. In 1982 a Pectoral Sandpiper, a major rarity, visited the pond. This bird’s name in Welsh is Pibydd Cain, hence the name given from then on to the pond – Pwll Cain.The pond has only been cleared out once since its construction and over the last few years it has been reduced to a puddle.
Once again areas of Barley and Oats were left to provide extra cover and forage for Autumn visiting birds. Three areas were also sown with Sunflowers for this purpose, although the dry conditions affected their growth this year.
Steve bought a fisheye lens at Christmas and this has opened up some new ways of looking at the scenery !
No, it's not snow! The wild weather churns up the sea so much that a thick foam, looking like the consistency of angel delight, fills the coves and covers the beach!
A single 30 second shot outside the back door of Ty Pellaf...the Milky Way heading straight up with the dark dust lanes threading through it. The bright 'star' top left is actually Jupiter. You can also just make out the small fuzzy shape of the Andromeda Galaxy in the upper left fringe of the Milky Way. The orange glow on the horizon is from Dublin...60 miles across the Irish Sea !