June 1, 2016. From Beaumaris we did a zoomer to Amlwch and a semi-zoomer to Trearddur where we stopped at South Stacks which doubled as a bird sanctuary . (Map at bottom)
Clifftops covered with drifts of pink Sea Thrift flowers at Holyhead South Stack on the Isle of Anglesey, Wales. Looking down the cliffs at the sea green water.
Lighthouse at Holyhead South Stack. There was an admission charge of £5 per person to go down some 400 stairs to see the lighthouse up close. Then of course you would have to go back up the 400 stairs – the £5 charge did not include an elevator!
An old etching showing a rather romantic interpretation of the South Stack and lighthouse.
A painting at the Holyhead Bird Sanctuary info centre showing the various seabirds in the area, all of them variations on black and white which makes them hard to tell apart, especially from a distance. Two Razorbills sitting on the rocks way below. At least I think they’re Razorbills.
Apparently there are puffins in the vicinity. I didn’t see any there, so I am still on the search for puffins, even now many years later…Mural of nesting seabirds. A woman told me these were nesting Kittiwakes but they look more like Fulmars to me. Everyone had pretty fancy cameras with huge lenses but even with my little point ‘n shoot I managed to get this image. “I got them”, I exclaimed as I proudly showed off my screen to the somewhat doubtful bird fancier next to me. “You did!” he said in surprise. Actually, it looked a lot better on the tiny screen of my camera than it does blown up.An unique carved wooden bench by the sea in Holyhead, Wales. A wooden carving of a giant seed.Annotated Lonely Planet map of spots visited on the Isle of Anglesey.
What a beautiful place
Gorgeous….. know what, after a billion visits to our Atlantic coast I too am still waiting for my first puffin sighting. I think some of the penguin-like birds in your shots might be guillemots?
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