Saturday, 29 June 2013

Roseate Tern - River Clwyd June 29th, 2013

An early morning jaunt down the River Clwyd this morning produced a lovely adult Roseate Tern in full breeding pluamge. Almost the first bird I set eyes on! The photos do not really do it justice, and the super pink hues to the breast down show. The bird was still present at 7.40am, just south of the Railway Bridge and associating with some 100 Sandwhich Terns. Good to see Alex, John Roberst and Tony Kingfisher who were soon on the scene and enjoyed some of the best views I'd ever had of this lovely species.

I apologise for the quality of photos, early morning gloom and a coulple of phonescoped pics are my excuse.

The bottom two pictures were phonescoped on site. Unfortunately the pink hues of the breast don't show up on the photographs. Birdguides reporting that the bird is still present at 8.50am. A great chance to see a difficult species to see in Conwy / Denbighshire - especially so well.
Finally, a funny moment when a herd of cows approched JR on the opposite bank of the Clwyd. Any normal person would have tiptoed backwards over the gate. Not John Roberts, hard as nails and proving his worth as a Rhyl bouncer, he stared them out and won. Now if it had been Rob Sandham.....he'd have been half way back to Kinmel Bay as the cows came round the corner!


  1. Great find Marc.I don't know who was more scared me or them dam cows.

  2. Bird still present early afternoon at least. Not like a Rosy to hang about :-)

  3. Hope it sticks till tomorrow as I'm working today! Still need it as a county tick. Great find Marc.

  4. What a little stunner,nice bird for the Clwyd and a great find Marc.