After leaving the myriad Oystercatchers to their noisy lives in Bangor we headed across the old Menai Bridge to Anglesey first stopping at the compulsory tourist attraction Llanfairpwllgwygyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Which I am reliably informed means 'The church of Mary in the hollow of the white hazel near the fierce whirlpool and the church of Tysilio by the red cave', quite a mouthful in either language!
|Elis being a tourist|
|The lighthouse at South Stack|
|The cliffs at South Stack|
|Elis on the trail of the Red-billed Choughs|
The plan here was for Elis to have the opportunity to photograph Red-billed Chough, she made the most of her chance.
|Up close and personal|
|These are truly lovely birds when seen in detail|
|These birds are not just good looking, their aerial antics are fun to watch as well|
In addition we saw a Northern Wheatear, a family of Stonechats and a group of fly-by Ravens 'quarking' away to themselves.
We headed for a reserve along the coast road back towards Bangor at a place called Abergwyngregyn. It was a pleasant walk, but as the tide was out again by now we didn't get very close to any of the waders out on the flats although there was an impressive flock of some 1000 Eurasian Curlews loafing on the mud.
|Marshes at Abergwyngregyn|
|Loafing Eurasian Curlews|
We came across a small group of Ringed Plovers with two Dunlin. Although they were closer than the other waders they kept their distance. Elis noticed that some of the birds had coloured flags on their legs, but we were unable to read them at the time and the birds kept far enough away to make the photos little use except for discerning the colours. After closer inspection in the computer however some details were visible. More on that on the WaderQuest page.
|Common Ringed Plovers and Dunlin|
|Flagged and ringed adult Common Ringed Plover|
|Not all the plovers were flagged and ringed|
|Juvenile flagged and ringed Common Ringed plover|
Leaving there we headed back to the A5 to spend the night in Betws-y-Coed.