As usual, when I am visiting Wales sometime during the morning I will check birdguides for the latest Ceredigion news. Yesterday I was excited to see
Golden Eagle Ceredigion Pont-rhyd-y-groes
I straight away enquired of my welsh in-laws where the said village was and was pleased to find out it was just 10 miles away. It turned out to be 12 so took 25 minutes on the Welsh winding roads. On arrival there were no birders in sight, in fact there were no people and I had very little to go on apart from the village name. I decided to try and glean some more information from the finder and dashed home to e-mail him.
It was late afternoon when he replied, so I decided to try again the next morning. Ten o clock found me outside "The Miner’s Arms" in Pont-rhyd-y-groes.
The Miner’s Arms – Pont-Rhyd-Y-Groes, Ceredigion, Wales 30th January 2011
The landlord was most helpful and explained the direction the bird had been seen from previously. A little later "Irie" arrived, the local who had taken some of the great pictures that now can be found on birdguides. More birders arrived and for an hour we all stood waiting in hope, seeing the odd buzzard or Red Kite. "Irie" then located the bird in the distance and we were all chuffed to finally get views, although distant, of this fantastic raptor.
Golden Eagle, Pont-Rhyd-Y-Groes, Ceredigion, Wales 30th January 2011
A Distant shot of a very large bird, the best I could do I am afraid.
Read this thread for some interesting notes and varying points of view.
and many thanks to "Irie", his enthusiasm was infectious.