Gulf of Mexico Peregrines.

I’m working on a ship in the Gulf of Mexico, and five peregrines appear to have adopted us, staying around for the last five days, even following us when we dodged the hurricane, and returning to the worksite with us. Definitely three juveniles and one adult, not sure about the fifth member, the few occasions when they’re all airborne, it’s too difficult to make out. The juvenile in the picture looked as if it was going to try and land in a choppy sea, but to my surprise plucked a small bird off the surface, presumably one it had knocked down. Poor photos courtesy of mobile phone.

They’re definitely not going hungry on here, the ship is littered with remains. Apologies to anyone who’s a bit squeamish.

They’ve been buzzing some of the local seabirds, including this Frigate bird, some Brown Booby’s and a Snowy (Little?) Egret.

Red Kite over Barry

Just sat down in my garden around 13.30 and was absolutely stunned to see a Red Kite quite low heading my way. It moved lazily away to where I thought I would be able to see it out front. Grabbed my camera on the way through the house, only to hear my wife yell that it was out back again. Unfortunately one of the local rooks had decided to pester it, and it disappeared. I live back to back with the houses on Port Road between Barry Tesco and the Co-op garage. When I last caught a glimpse of it, it would have been roughly over the Cwm Ciddy pub. My last post on here was a Kite on my way into Cardiff. Certainly brightened my day during this lockdown period.

Busy male Peregrine…

Watching the local Peregrines today, saw them copulating twice, the male was persistently harassing the neighbouring Raven family, half heartedly tail chased a couple of pigeons and saw off an intruding female Peregrine. Saw the female entering a concealed nestsite. They’ve failed to produce young for the last two years, hopefully this year will be different.

Rhoose Point to West Aberthaw

Aberthaw Biodiversity area, Little Egret, lots of Golden Plover, some Turnstone, Ringed Plovers and a couple of Shelduck. In the pond, reeds below the old Aberthaw Lime works, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Cormorant, Tufted Duck, Teal, Little Grebes plus male and female Stonechats. Limpert Bay, Pale and Dark Bellied Brent Geese, Curlew, Oystercatchers, Shelduck and Wigeon.