Strait Views On A Winter’s Day


Look to the horizon, out beyond the oyster catchers and the black-backed gull, and you will see a line of ghostly windmills caught mid-arabesque against the sky. This is the Menai Strait between Anglesey and the North Wales mainland, caught on a December morning last year. We often spend Christmas on the island, though not this year for obvious reasons. And we have often had December days like this – perfect sunshine stillness and warm enough to abandon the winter coat. No wonder the windmills look frozen in space. Not a breath of air to stir them. Only the calls of gulls and waders.




Our Eyes Open Lisa’s bird weekly challenge is birds near/on water or snow

24 thoughts on “Strait Views On A Winter’s Day

  1. Beautiful, although I think I can hear that gull’s cry from here. 🙂 Just noticed all the windmills in the background in that first shot. At least they’re in the distance.


    1. I rather like wind turbines, but I can see, too, why others are not at all keen on them. I’m also not sure either how useful they are as a serious alternative power source when so much depends on either too much or too little wind. Their concrete and steel parts seem to have a short shelf life too.

  2. Love the oyster catchers. Hope you both have a lovely Christmas, however you choose to celebrate and that the new year brings hope. At the moment it is wild and windy here so not very peaceful!

    1. All the very best to you, Jude. And yes, hopes for better days. We were supposed to be going to Warwickshire for a week. Instead we’re off over the Edge to Little Stretton for Christmas Dinner – our big day out!

  3. Lovely birds, Tish. So far, I have never crossed the strait although we had planned to go twice this year visiting Ireland. What a strange year.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours 🎄
    Best wishes for a healthy New Year!
    The Fab Four of Cley 🤶🏻🧚🏻‍♀️🎄🧚🏻‍♀️🎅🏻

  4. Great photos Tish! So glad you joined Bird Weekly! My eye went straight to those windmills before reading about them. I love the large red buoy with the black-backed gulls. Sorry I’m so late to reply. Getting ready for Christmas after having a record month in my Etsy shop. 🙂

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