Monday, 16 October 2017

Rufous Tailed Rock Thrush

Date: 16/10/2017
Location: Blorenge,Wales
Weather: 
Awful light with a orange mist shrouded sun and high winds from Storm Ophelia!
Other Species: 
Rufous Tailed Rock Thrush, Wheatear, Meadow Pipits, Buzzard, Raven

Observation: 
The Rock Thrush had been showing since Thursday last week, a weekend of work so first chance was today, weather not good at 8:30am when we arrived at Pwll-du Quarry it was very windy and light was poor. We checked the 3 quarries along the hill with no sign, a few other birders were also looking and at 10:30am we decided enough and started walking back. As we approached quarry 2, a small group of birders had relocated it! 
Excellent, despite the weird weather conditions.
(Orange sun, sand in air from Sahara, and wind from Storm Ophelia and Rock Thrush being a bit distance got a few record shots) excuses over!




We left and headed off for a few Waterfalls and Landscapes.


We went to Pontsticill Reservoir hoping for the water spout but not in flow, but a nice place to have a bacon sandwich. 


Weather much nicer down here with blue skies and sunshine.


The crystal ball said go back for Rock Thrush so we decided to pop back after a short detour to Pontneddfechan for some waterfalls.


After a short walk... Lauren thought "not a short walk", but a pleasant walk through the woodland we came to Sgwd Gwladys.


The 'Ladys Falls' are formed where the Afon Pyrddin drops 20 ft (6m) over a lip of the 'Twelve Foot Sandstone'. 
Amazing and the chance of a few Dippers, but not today!


On way home weather looked much better for Rock Thrush just look at that view! 
What it doesn't show you is the wind! It was extremely windy, almost blowing us over the edge!


When we arrived that's exactly what had happened to the Rock Thrush, it seems it went to ground around 1pm re-found at 3:30pm then as we arrived it flew over edge not to be seen again, we left at 4:15pm having had a great day and a few record shots at least.


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