52/2013 Week 27

Yesterday on our photography trip to some of the oldest and most remote churches in rural Conwy, North Wales we stopped off at Llyn Geirionydd to have lunch.

Llyn Geirionydd lies in a valley where the northern edge of the Gwydyr Forest meets the lower slopes of the Carneddau mountains. The lake is almost a mile long and covers an area of 45 acres (180,000 m2), but is never any deeper than 50 ft (15 m) according to Jehu’s survey.[1] The lake can be reached by car from Trefriw or Llanrwst in the Conwy valley, the narrow track passing through the hamlet of Llanrhychwyn, or from the road through the Gwydir Forest.

Sitting by the lake, eating our lunch, and in turn getting eaten by midgies, I noticed this brightly coloured Jay visiting other picnic benches looking for scraps of food. It was too good an opportunity to miss as I haven’t seen or photographed a Jay in a very long time.

The RSPB website describes Jay’s as the most colourful members of the crow family, but quite difficult to see. They are shy woodland birds, rarely moving far from cover. This one was tame enough to fly right onto the table where we were sitting to pick up food.



6 thoughts on “52/2013 Week 27

  1. Andrew July 5, 2013 / 11:51

    Beautiful shots Mike. Very lucky to find such confiding birds.


    • Mike Hardisty July 5, 2013 / 13:26

      Quite surprised to see it so close, Andrew. But I’m not one to miss a photo op. just as well I’d packed my 150-500mm, sometimes I leave it behind if I know we are just walking and doing landscapes or churches.


  2. Professional Swimming Pools July 5, 2013 / 12:24

    They are a lovely bird, we have one that visits our front garden, but they are constantly on the move.


    • Mike Hardisty July 5, 2013 / 13:28

      This one was quite inquisitive, as its a regular picnic spot, i suppose its an easy pickings area


  3. stephenransome July 6, 2013 / 09:32

    Hello Mike. I see you’ve been charming the birds again. Great shots.


    • Mike Hardisty July 6, 2013 / 09:46

      Hi Steve, I was quite surprised how close the jay was prepared to come to us to get food…just seemed an opportunity too good to miss.


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