Wryneck Migration

09th September 2010
Currently there are large numbers of Wrynecks coming into the UK. The biggest number of birds for many years, they are in almost every county. Unfortunately Powys is the exception. As these birds are difficult to see, let alone photograph, I drove, more in hope than expectation, to Llanrhystud on the west coast of Wales where a Wryneck had been reported over the last few days. I arrived at 07.30, it was very misty at first, but as the sun broke through, the bird appeared. It was initially elusive but then began to show fairly well. This is a difficult bird, it has a very cryptic plummage which allows it to remain unseen, just by keeping still. It is also quite small and a rare visitor to Wales, so I was very happy to get some good shots. Please see Gallery.