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17th May 2021 – Anglesey

Wanting to pack as much as possible into our stay in Anglesey we were the first to arrive at the National Trust estate of Plas Newydd. The house is still not open but we were able to enjoy the stunning views over the Menai Strait, the Faenol and Snowdonia as we walked around the beautiful grounds even though the weather was still rather dismal.

Views of Snowdonia across the Menai Straits from Plas Newydd gardens
A few rays of sunshine (which didn’t last long) to brighten our morning
Azaleas in full bloom – all they needed was a bit of sunshine
I was ill prepared for this shot of a red squirrel in the woods as I only had a wide angle lens with me.
Magnificent trunks of Monterey cypress from the central coast of California
Plas Newydd
Bluebells in the woods at Plas Newydd
Rhododendrons in the woods at Plas Newydd
The outskirts of Caernarfon with the mountains of Snowdonia as a backdrop

After our visit we made our way to the Cefni reservoir just north of Llangefni, the county council seat of Anglesey. The weather brightened up and we had a lovely walk around the reservoir hearing wonderful birdsong and seeing butterflies and an interesting array of flora. On the water there were great crested grebe and we even saw a goldcrest which landed so close in front of us that I didn’t really manage to focus on it.

An orange tip butterfly on its host plant cuckoo flower
Pink purslane
Great crested grebe
Goldcrest
The Cefni Reservoir

On our way home we visited Penmon Point where there are good views of Puffin Island. We saw all sorts of bird life here including eider ducks, oystercatchers, sandwich terns and the superb spectacle of 2 gannets diving in a nearby bay.

Eider ducks and sandwich tern
Eider duck
Oystercatchers
Puffin Island
Puffin Island
Oystercatchers
Gannet

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