A Year Of Bute Park, Cardiff – January

As part of becoming more aware of the changing seasons and the challenges that each season brings, I’m starting a monthly observation of Cardiff’s biggest and best known and loved parks – Bute Park.

As well as being one of the capital’s most enviable commuter routes with the Taff Trail weaving alongside the River Taff, it boasts a wealth of wildlife and chances to engage with the natural world. On a clear day, I love to wander along some of the lesser trod pathways that wind between the Taff and the Dock Feeder Canal. So that’s exactly what I did for the first instalment of A Year Of Bute Park!

Now, I’m not completely blessed in the photography department, I’m out of practice, I’ve got my girlfriend’s hand-me-down camera and I’m borrowing her mid-range lens (great for lovely views, a bit hit or miss for feathered friends!). However, I still managed to catch a few more charismatic birds, and spot a few camera-shy pals whilst wandering through the different habitats. Definitely given me that kick up the bum to really start nailing this camera stuff! Bring it, 2018!

A few species I spotted

(Not extensive, I know they find a lot more there, including woodpeckers and a few of the smaller, shy species!):

Great Tit in Bute Park, Cardiff
A Great Tit doing a good job at hiding from me!

Blackbirds
Carrion Crow
Common Gull
Coot
Cormorant
Great Tit
Grey Heron
House Sparrow
Jackdaw
Jay
Magpie
Mallard
Moorhen
Robin
Wood Pigeon
Wren

If you enjoyed this post, why not take a look at my other Wild Cardiff posts!

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