Frozen Mid Wales

01st December 2010
Just got back from a long planned trip to Mid Wales, to explore the Elan Valley and its reservoirs, and also try to get some shots of the beautiful Red Kites, which have re-established a stronghold here thanks to the efforts of Gigrin Farm Kite Conservation Centre.
However, the good old British weather had other ideas. Half way there, just as we passed through Abergavenny, snow started to fall and within the hour blizzard like conditions had forced us to a standstill. After another 5 hours of battling the elements on treacherous untreated roads, and with the help of a very kind local farmer, a tow rope and his Landrover, we eventually got to our wonderful cottage.
Unfortunately, this is where our car had to stay for 3 days as the roads were too bad to drive on, so the exploration of the amazing reservoirs and their victorian dams wasn't to be, although we did manage to hike through the snow to the nearest one for a look.

Thankfully, the Kite Feeding centre was only an hours hike away across snowy fields, so the spectacle of 200 odd kites all converging on one field from the surrounding mountians wasn't missed. In temperatures of -16 degrees, it was pretty cold to be out all day, but was well worth it.
To see a sky full of wild birds with a wing span of up to 5 feet is an amazing experience, which i would urge every to try to have if they get the opportunity.

For more images of these incredible creatures, please check out the birds section of the Creatures Gallery, and to see some of the frozen landscape, please go to the Elsewhere Gallery.

On a more negative note, my beloved and trusty Canon 5D is now dead, after suffering an unprovoked attack by a rogue wave whilst out hiking near Durdle Door on the Dorset coast. So, until the end of January, all new additions will be made using my back up Canon 4OD and Sigma 10-20mm, until i can get my hands on a 5D Mark 2...

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