Manx shearwater birds may be seen in distress on Welsh beaches as their migration season approaches, the RSPCA has warned.
People have been urged to keep a look out after inspectors rescued their first Manx shearwater of the year, washed up on the coast at Carmarthen.
The stricken bird was released after a rest and a feed at the Gower Bird Hospital.
It will make another attempt to fly to South America for the winter.
The birds rely on thermals in the air to aid their transatlantic flight, and can be blown back to Europe by adverse weather conditions.
RSPCA Inspector Rohan Barker collected the Manx shearwater at Bronwydd Road, Carmarthen, on 9 September.