Wonderful Welsh Wildlife

This is the final post from my trip to Wales. This post will feature all of the other amazing wildlife we have seen that haven't been mentioned in the other two posts. Enjoy!

To begin with, we headed for the sealife hotspot of Strumble Head. On the way, we decided to stop off at an old favourite place of ours. Fishguard. In Fishguard, we have seen a Dipper on the same river for the past three years running, so we decided to head back and see if we could see it again. The river is the perfect habitat for the Dipper. It is fast flowing and shallow, allowing for lots of rocks to stick up above the surface, providing a perching place for the Dipper.


The Dipper River
We arrived and, yet again, saw the Fishguard Dipper within 5 minutes. Another amazing encounter with a beautiful bird.


After the Dipper encounter, we headed on to Strumble Head. The sun was out and the wind was up, perfect!


Strumble Head
Strumble Head is known for its strong porpoise population and abundance of seabirds. Unfortunately, we didn't see any porpoises, but we did see quite a lot of birds, including two Chough. These are very special birds who are often seen around cliffs, with a beautiful, vivid red bill, and red legs.


Chough
After this already successful morning we continued through North Pembrokeshire, visiting St.Davids, and eventually onto more small coves as the evening arrived.


A small cove near St.Davids

The next day, we went beach combing again, this time along Tenby's North Beach and a short way into the area we talked about in our last post. When we reached the corner of the North Beach, we found something very special. I had never seen anything like it, I never had a clue anything like that lived in the UK. A Masked Crab.  We found it half-buried in the sand, which is common behaviour for this species of crab. And it certainly looked interesting.


Masked Crab
When buried in sand like the crab is below, they breathe by using their antennae as a sort of snorkel whilst the rest of their body is hidden under the sand. An amazing adaptation from an amazing animal.

Masked Crab

And to finish off this bumper post, here is another video we shot in Pembrokeshire of a Grey Wagtail


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