Posted by: Geoff | February 5, 2013

Great Orme bird of prey

Marine Drive Great Orme Llandudno Kestrel

Can you spot the kestrel?

I see this kestrel – I assume it’s the same one – in more or less the exact same spot almost every time I walk around the Orme. But usually flying or hovering overhead, this time it allowed me to virtually walk right up beside it before taking flight.

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  1. It seems to be clinging to the wall in front of the brambles.I’ve cheated and enlarged the picture!Good to see all your wildlife photos.

  2. oh wow, he did let you get close! what beautiful terrain!

  3. There’s no question about that kestral being native to the Orme. It blends in so well with the vegetation I couldn’t find it until I really enlarged the pic. (By the way, is Orme a Welsh word and, if so, could you give us mono-linguals the phonetic pronounciation?)

    • “Both the Great and Little Ormes have been etymologised to the Old Norse word for sea serpent (transliterated to urm or orm – the English word worm having the same origin). Marauding Vikings are thus said to have believed that the Ormes (and the wider Creuddyn peninsula) resembled a sea serpent – with the Great Orme being the serpent’s head – as their boats came in. But it is very difficult to substantiate this belief because the Vikings left us no written texts, and although they certainly raided the area they do not appear to have colonised it” That’s the explanation of the word Orme, according to Wikipedia. The Great Orme in Welsh means Y Gogarth or Pen y Gogarth.

      • Thanks for leading me to the Wiki–should have thought of it myself! The natural history is especially fascinating. Only SIX Wild Cotoneaster plants left in the wild (have you ever seen any?), as well as other remnant plants from the ice-age in certain microclimates and the specialized butterflies and moths that depend on them…

  4. I bet the kestrel has gotten used to you. The males I have seen are much less skittish than the females, at least in my experience.

  5. Smack dab on center stage! This one blends so well into the habitat – wonderful sight and capture.

  6. Yes, I did find it after some searching! Good job getting that photo. This is a wonderfully composed photograph!

    And I was wondering how well you know Victoria and her secrets?

  7. I love the rock formations in this shot! The kestrel must have become accustomed to seeing you too!

  8. Have looked for Wild Cotoneaster on the Orme in the past R.F. but failed to find any.I’m too old and cowardly to be scrambling up steep slopes these days.Will leave that to Geoff!

  9. You do quite a bit of exercise hiking up there all the time! The kestrel must think of you as a friend now with so many visits.


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