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Shooting Welsh wildlife; All at sea - Nigel Addecott

(December 01, 2015)

Shooting Welsh wildlife
All at sea, by Nigel Addecott

Boneparte’s gullBoneparte's gull - 
a rare visitor to Wales, more commonly found in North America

The Welsh coastline is haven for gulls. Although hated by some for their food-stealing antics and the mess they can make of your nice, clean car, they are loved by others. Gulls are found in towns and cities; on lakes and rivers; and, of course, near the sea. There is, however, no such bird as a 'sea-gull'.


Putative Kumlien’s gull Mediterranean gull, 1st winter
Putative Kumlien's gull Mediterranean gull, 1st winter

Ducks, divers and grebes are also commonplace on the sea, with many regularly seen quite close to the shoreline and sometimes on inland waterways too.

 Black-throated diverBlack-throated diver


Great northern diver
Great northern diver


great crested grebe
Great crested grebe


Sometimes we are lucky enough to see birds from across the Atlantic, particularly following big autumn storms, such as this lovely Long-billed dowitcher that would have originated in the USA. But this one turned up at Rhaslas pond, near Merthyr Tudful! 

Long-billed dowitcher

Long-billed dowitcher


None of us is far from the coast. Promise yourself to head down there as soon as you can... and look at the seabirds with a fresh eye.

Nigel Addecott, December 2015

All images © Nigel Addecott

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