Thursday, March 15, 2012

To Three Cliffs Bay and Back

I headed out to Pennard Cliffs on the Gower Peninsula late this afternoon. I was hoping I might chance upon a Dartford Warbler, as I had on my last visit there. No such luck this time, the only birds of note seen being a Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk flying over; a single male Stonechat; and a pair of Choughs, of which this was one:

Walking along the clifftop, I came to Three Cliffs Bay, where a hazy sunset was developing:

 On the left here are the three pinnacles which give the bay its name:

I put my 500mm lens back on for this shot of the sun going down over the rocky outcrop known as Great Tor:

Once I saw a starry night was developing, I thought about staying around to try for a star-trail shot over Three Cliffs Bay, but wimped out as I didn't fancy hanging around after dark in the wilderness.
Instead, on my way home, I stopped off by my favourite tree on Swansea Beach to try another long-exposure effort. There was no moon tonight, so I was able to set a one-hour exposure (for some reason, the long-exposure noise reduction didn't work properly on this, so it looks a little grainy):

As I crossed the adjacent golf course, I came upon the strange sight of about 35 Redshanks scurrying about on the grass only about ten metres from the nearby road.
Rather odd thing to see at 9.30 p.m., I thought.


  1. My friend
    your pictures are a dream.

  2. Beautiful selection and OH MY those bay images, what a gorgeous place, beautifully done Jeremy!

  3. Hi Jeremy

    Very nice Chough image mate, lovely bird to see, watch and photograph.

  4. Amazing photos again! The sunset is beautiful, looks like a great place!

  5. I never cease to be amazed and enchanted with your photos, Jeremy. Just fantastic.

  6. Thanks you for your kind comments, all!

  7. Yes, Jeremy, I agree with Angela and Wren. The Chough pic. is magnificent. It's extraordinary how these birds have made a comeback. There was a time not so long ago when I never expected to see one.

  8. A great set Jeremy.
    Three Cliffs Bay looks a lovely place.
    That Chough is a beauty. I saw my first, in many, many years at Great Orme last year. Lovely birds.

  9. Great selection of images love the Chough shot and the last two images.

  10. hi jeremy! just saw you named over at shaun's blog for the versatile blog award. :) and realized you just stopped at my place and left a comment on my drawing.

    love the beautiful shore scenes! really peaceful!

  11. The Chough flying is best, but I love everything in your blog.