I didn’t expect much from a soggy walk through the Cardiff Bay Wetlands, but it was worth a wander through whilst I was in that part of town. If not just for getting away from the school holiday crowds. Most of the smaller birds had taken cover from the rain, I could see leaves rustling whilst they hid away. Maybe I should have done the same in a coffee shop had it not been for the temptation of ‘what if I miss out on seeing some really great wildlife?’.
Thankfully I was rewarded by a smattering of wetland favourites, including the fancy-feathered Great Crested Grebe. Diving for long periods to find fish, insects, or other tasty water-based treats, it bobbed up to preen and gracefully potter about under the rainfall. This particular bird was confident and in close proximity to the rat-race of the bay; hard to imagine these were nearly extinct a few hundred years ago, but brought back from the brink by the RSPB which was set up due to their plight.
I still haven’t seen their elaborate courtship dance that they’re so famous for, so hopefully a few more trips down to the bay will mean I get to see that spectacle! Click here to see a great video of it.
I found a few other feathered friends whilst in the area too, including some very photogenic Mallards and some distant Tufted Ducks. Lovely weather for ducks as they say!