Sunday, 22 October 2017

Rufous Tailed Rock Thrush, Pwll Du, Blaenavon

Date: 22nd October 2017
Location: Pwll Du Quarry, Blaenavon, Wales
Weather: Cloudy, Heavy Rain Showers and Cold Wind
Species Highlights: Wheatear, Rock Thrush, Meadow Pipit, Raven

Observation: As the storm from last week had passed, there was a short break in the weather, so we headed off to Wales, hoping it was third time lucky! We visited early last Monday, blog post here: 16th October just as Storm Ophelia, had created that dust cloud, we managed a few pictures....just and moved on.

Over the past few days, we had seen some superb images so our return visit was a must. We arrived shortly after 12.30pm, just as the rain and wind started! We got kitted up and headed around to the third quarry, getting slightly concerned as everyone seemed to be walking back and we heard someone mention it hadn't been seen for over 45 minutes.

On arrival, the rain hammering down, after a short 15 minutes wait, the Rock Thrush showed distantly on the quarry.

As the rain got heavier, the Rock Thrush took shelter further into the rockface. A few Wheatear were seen around this area, all posing nicely!

After a further 15-30 minutes, the Rock Thrush showed briefly before flying down to the floor, showing down to 10 feet at times.

After snapping away for 20 minutes, the Rock Thrush returned back to take shelter. It did later show a few times at the next mound but by this time we were very pleased and cold after 2 hours, so headed back home.

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