The 4th February 2022 and day five, the last day, of our five day Best of North Wales Tour with Iolo Williams

Peregrine Falcons put of a fantastic show for us on the last day of our tour.

And what a great finish to the tour we enjoyed. The day began with a superb breakfast overlooking the beautiful Conwy Valley and plenty of birds to see as we ate.

A short drive north, enjoying a lovely sighting of a Red Kite on the way, took us to the Great Orme at Llandudno. Plenty to see hear and we were soon enjoying great views of Red-throated Divers, Shags, Common Guillemots and Turnstones. Iolo spotted some harbour porpoises offshore a new mammal for the trip. The cliffs above us held lots of Northern Fulmars and frame filling views were enjoyed through the telescopes in the morning sunshine. A nice surprise next when we saw three Common Eider on the sea near Llandudno pier – scarce birds here. More scanning offshore produced a flock of Common Scoter on the sea being swept east by the incoming tide a rate of knots.

Luckily Iolo didn't have to catch his own breakfast! Superb food on our tours.

A pair of Peregrine Falcons suddenly tore off the cliff above us and powered out to sea this was a hunt for sure with both birds hurtling across the sky. Suddenly they were stooping so fast hard to keep them in the binoculars as they plummeted towards the water. A dark bird was below them but the female missed her intended target as the bird took desperate evasive action. But the male falcon was right behind the female and the poor smaller bird stood no chance as he grabbed it mid-air just above the waves! Thrilling flying from all three birds and we watched as the male began to fly back towards the cliff. We were all amazed at what happened next, the female chased the male! It really looked like she might kill him as she stooped at him repeatedly the male twisting and turning to avoid the attacks, wow! The male reached the cliffs very close to where we watched spell-bound at the dramatic action unfolding before our eyes. But still the female attacked him and then the male dropped the prey and female was down onto it at once. What a thrilling sighting we are used to seeing these falcons bring in prey to the cliffs but have witnessed a battle of the sexes like this before. The female Peregrine then took off and landed on the cliff above us to devour her winnings, a poor Starling that had wandered to far from land and had nowhere to hide when the birds of prey attacked. The poor old male Peregrine went and perched a long way away on the cliff looking thoroughly fed up as his mate tucked into breakfast.

We then visited RSPB Conwy where the first lagoon was almost devoid of birds sadly but the second lagoon was better. With the tide coming in birds were moving from the adjacent estuary onto the islands to roost over the high tide. Through the Leica telescopes we enjoyed views of Northern Lapwings, Eurasian Curlew, Common Redshank and Black-tailed Godwits. Pochard was a new bird for our very impressive trip list and we had super views of these most handsome ducks. We also watched a male Sparrowhawk chase a Blackbird into a hedge but failed to catch it –quite a day for raptor excitement!

We then headed back to the hotel to enjoy a lovely lunch and of course more birds including Red Kites, Common Buzzards, Shelduck, Goosander and Nuthatch all from the hotel. A wonderful end to a super five day Best of North Wales Tour with Iolo Williams, 116 species of birds enjoyed along with some wonderful mammals especially those red squirrels. Huge thanks to Richard, David, Peter, Steven, Jayne and Shirley-Ann for their wonderful company so many laughs along the way and real joy to spend time with these lovely folks. We do hope we will see all of them again soon for more wildlife adventures.

Jayne commented "Once again thank you, our break was filled with visual delights of amazing birds, close up encounters with cherished red squirrels and new places explored but also crammed packed with fun and laughter because of the great company."

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We look forward to enjoying great birds and wildlife with you soon.

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