Observing Nature

Nature on the Island of Anglesey is bountiful. Every day in normal circumstances, I’m usually out and about on my trips, whether it be fishing, hiking or cycling and I come into contact with nature in some way. I guess take it for granted having lived near or around the island all my life. We are truly blessed here. You can however become desensitised to it on different levels, and take it for granted sometimes.

From the bird life, to the marine life and land based animals, we have an abundance of wildlife here on Anglesey and in north Wales a as whole. When life slows down, I take much more notice of nature, sometimes its the rooks in the trees, sometimes herons on the foreshore or maybe cormorants ducking  to get a fish in the shallows. You get pretty well tuned to nature, when you live here. Each bird can tell me something when I’m fishing so I’ve learnt to pay very close attention to the signs that 95% of people will miss.

Without all the noise, haste and movement the birds seem louder in the garden, they go about they’re daily routine as always, infected by the event that ensues us. That’s rather beautiful to watch in ways, as it shows a sense of normality amidst the other backdrop.

Over that past two weeks when I’ve been having my daily walks and I’ve noticed something rather peculiar and interesting. On some of beaches that I’m very familiar with, I’ve noticed the bird life has begun to show very different behaviour traits, and  different species of birds returning to beaches, that they normally wouldn’t come to due to the number of walkers, dogs and movement. There is a real sense of change on the foreshores and its rather interesting to observe.

At Penrhos Beach I observed a gaggle of Brent Geese seventy odd strong walk up the beach in convoy within ten meters of me, in a very confident manor, unperturbed by my presence. I know this beach well and this is not normal for here at all. I sat and watched as they moved about, maybe they where inquisitive of why it was so quiet on the beach.

A similar thing occurred at Rhoscolyn beach, where a flock of seagulls mixed with an other gaggle of Geese on the foreshore as the tide ebbed away. Oyster catchers came within 5 meters of me as if infected by my presence. In both situations, what I was noticing was that birds not common to the foreshore where now making their way to certain beaches, that they formerly avoid. And those who were residents at the beaches, where more confident around you.

Normally in the busy season, with such beach activity, there are no birds on these foreshores. With boats and kites and swimmers, the bird life relocate to more quiet pastures to feed and rest.

It’s important to remember that these beaches are in fact natures feeding larder, from which they get they’re food from. With the absence of humans, boat traffic and animals, they soon return to their feeding grounds and go to the places that they forage and bed themselves in. It’s rather amazing to watch at which the speed nature begins to resume its normal rhythm in actuality.

It’s such a pleasure to observe nature in its element, and now more so than ever. Were really getting to see more natural and wild behaviour characteristics from the bird foul on the island. I know that a lot of you are in cities or towns far from the sea right now, so I wanted to paint a picture for you with my words so you can maybe feel into what I’m describing. This pristine land of plenty will be awaiting you, when this is all blown over and it will feel richer than ever.

Its so quite here that, its like the whole world has gone to sleep and left nature do its thing. I know thats a tough one for us lot not being to experiencing nature to its fullest, but we can look at it as giving a little back to nature in some way to thank it for providing such beauty for us to share.

Photo by me: Location – Penrhos & Cymyran beaches, Holy Island / Anglesey.

Where ever you are, stop t nice nature in your day today and spend a quiet moment watching it. When we all slow down, we can take the time to appreciate the more simple things.

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Tan Y Tro Nesaf  / Until the next time,

Nick

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