|(taken by Dave)|
We spent Thursday night down in Pembrokeshire, stopping at Manorbier and so spent some time walking along the stunning coast that this county has to offer. Not dissimilar to my old home patch of The Lizard in Cornwall, with craggy shoreline, crashing blue waves and big surf, it felt good to spend some time out and about. This is my way of putting a brave face on the fact we had booked to spend the night on Skomer Island, but they had rung the day before and cancelled due to the unfavourable conditions for landing the boat, meaning we missed out on our chance of close up photos of the seabirds, the nightly arrival of manxies, and to cap it all, the juv pallid harrier was still around and showed really well on the day we were supposed to be there. Ho-hum. Still, we did get some good views of the auks and fulmars at Stackpole Head to make up for it. Sort of.
One consolation was breaking the journey at Teifi marshes, where we were treated to great views of singing cettis warblers (a tick for Steffi) amongst the numerous sedge warblers.