Quick Visit To The Great Orme At Llandudno For Some Filming 10 August 2020

So lucky to see Chough nearly every visit to our local patch the Great Orme.

We have been asked by our great friends at Birdwatching Magazine and Leica Sports Optics to make some short video clips of us answering some bird related questions for use at virtual Bird Fair. Sadly the 2020 Rutland Water British Bird Fair has been cancelled due to Covid 19 virus but a virtual event will take place on the same dates – 21st – 23rd August.

So we set off early this morning to record our video answers to the questions and nowhere better to record the clips than our local patch the Great Orme just minutes from the front door. It was rather hazy but nice and calm on the east side of the headland ideal for good sound recording. At this early hour not to many other people about though even so a few takes were ruined by panting joggers and shouting cyclists! Hopefully the videos are just what was wanted and fingers crossed they will be used at the virtual Bird Fair. We have also pre-recorded some talks for the event and will let you know when these will feature in the event when we know.

Of course now we were out on the Great Orme we had to have a walk and see what birds might be about, rude not to. We had already watched Peregrine, Chough and Raven while filming our video clips. Driving up to the limestone pavement we were met with a terrible sight, a mountain of rubbish strewn across the grass at the bottom of the concrete road that leads up to the limestone pavement. What an utter disgrace what sort of cretins leave a mess like this behind? Nappies, bottles, used barbeques, plastic bags, food waste an utter disgusting mess. Makes the blood boil with anger that people can do this in such a beautiful place.

Northern Wheatears are wonderful birds and lovely to see them passing through today.

Walking around the limestone pavement area there were a few migrants about and we enjoyed watching three bright juvenile Willow Warblers and perhaps nine Northern Wheatears in the bright but overcast conditions. Three Chough posed for us preening on some rocks and then feeding nearby probing the ground for insects with those de-curved bills. A Common Kestrel was on a telegraph wire peering down hoping a vole would venture into view.

As we left a Conwy Borough Council clean-up crew had arrived and were cleaning up the litter strewn over the grass, we stopped and thanked them for all their great work, what an awful job, but well done them for doing it. Just around the next bend we met a car coming towards us on this one way road! Luckily neither of us was going fast and we had plenty of time to stop before a collision. Had this happened on one of the many blind beds it might have been very different indeed! The driver of the car going the wrong way claimed he did not know it was one way, how he had missed all those signs and large writing on the road we will never know. Just a bit further and we met an elderly couple on push-bikes also going the wrong way along the one way Marine Drive! We stopped and told them and were amazed when they told us that they knew that. We pointed out that a car coming around one of the many blind-bends around the headland could easily crash into them; they agreed again and continued cycling the wrong way around the headland! August in North Wales!

We are so lucky to have so many species and habitats within easy reach here in North Wales, and once the world returns to normal, we would love you to join us for one of our Best of North Wales Birdwatching Trips days out. We expect to enjoy a lot of birds during these relaxed pace tours and we can tailor make the day to suit you.

We would love you to join us on our Birdwatching Trips in the future just drop us a line to arrange a custom tour and please see our tours pages for set departure trips. If you have any questions at all please fire away here….


We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds in beautiful places with you soon!

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