We drove through th spectacular Snowdonia National Park where the scenery never fails to impress.
We picked up a young couple who were hitch-hiking and took them to Bangor, where they told us about the pier and the surrounding mud flats, this sounded exciting, so after dropping them we headed for Bangor pier.
|Us on Bangor Pier|
|Sunset over Anglesey and the Menai Straits|
|Bangor harbour from the pier head, out B&B was the house with the scaffolding.|
In the morning the weather had changed a little!
But the tide was on the way in, so after a sumptuous breakfast, we headed for the pier again. What struck us most was the sheer numbers of Oystercatchers. As they were being displaced for the mud at the sea's edge, they flew in groups ranging from one or two in number up to one hundred at a time, all passing the pier end and heading west along the Menai Strait.
|A group of Oystercatchers|
|Some more Oystercatchers|
|Yet more Oystercatchers, they just kept coming|
Up to 50 turnstones grouped on a stair gantry at the end of the pier that was festooned with seaweed, mussels and barnacles.
|Ruddy Turnstones gathering to roost.|
|Female GoosanderHerring Gull,|
Other species seen included Little Egret and many Herring Gulls.