Well Choughed…

… but in a quite unexpected way.

Yesterday afternoon after a walk along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and back round on the sands – shoes off, in the water time – we headed out to St Davids Airfield for Southern Marsh Orchid. They were pretty easy to spot and we had 10 spikes in a few yards.

Southern Marsh Orchid

The abandoned airfield was a blaze of colour and sound as Meadow Pipit and Skylark performed and Swallows fed.

Ox-eye Daisy

There were plenty of butterflies on the wing, Small HeathCommon Blue, Large Skipper and the now declining Wall. These last buggers just wouldn’t pose and even switching to the 100-400 zoom with a 35mm extension tube didn’t help much.

Small Heath

Common Blue

Large Skipper

Large Skipper

Wall

Wall

Moving on to Whitesands Bay and St Davids Head, I was in search of Chough. I did find plenty of Jackdaw and at least two Chough but at a half a mile range the photos will have to wait.

St Davids Head by Leigh Adams

Never mind, the scenery was stunning and the wild flower carpet every bit as impressive as earlier. As we walked up the head I saw a dash that I took to be a female or teneral Common Darter and grabbed a few shots pretty instinctively before the insect whizzed away. When we got back to the B&B, I was looking at the shots and thought, nope, that’s a skimmer – it’s a fucking Keeled Skimmer! Result.

Keeled Skimmer - female

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