A beautiful day on the flat lands of the Gwent levels. Went out in the morning before the sun was too hot, and the breeze was still whispering like rustling paper through the reeds, to the wetlands at Uskmouth. Saw a bearded tit, a bird that has only in recent years returned to this area, feeding its young in the reeds, and many water birds; Swans, coots, moorhens, little grebes, mallards, tufted ducks lazing in the sunshine on the water with their young ones. Around them a myriad of butterflies in the abundant wild flowers, and huge azure and emerald green emperor dragon flies, like little helicopters buzzing around the reed tops.
Out on the mud-flats that shone silver in the sunlight, were
shell-ducks, gulls and curlews. I love the sound of curlews, such a melodious warbling call, that bubbles up like laughter and makes you listen. A heron was looking suspiciously and with a measure of hostility at an egret, a lovely white bird that is becoming a more and more common sight on our shores.
Down on the marsh lands , because the landscape is so flat, the sky looked huge and blue.