A collection of pictures taken during our travels around the Arbroath area and further. Most photos are of birds, some wildlife and a few views, and
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The worst first! The photo below was taken from the main road, the A934/A92 junction at Montrose Basin without entering the private land. I've managed to get Scaup, Pochard and Pintail in the same shot. There were two drake Scaup with nine ducks, one drake Pochard, around sixty Pintails and sixteen Tufted Duck.
Another dull day so it needed to be a white gull and luckily someone reported two at Whiting Ness at the start of the cliffs at Arbroath. Probably the same Iceland Gull I've posted before. Also a couple of shots of the RNLI Rib in the harbour mouth.
The first time I've seen this Iceland Gull for a while, unless perhaps it's not the same one that was hanging around near Whiting Ness before and after Christmas
I'd looked through all of the gulls sitting on the wind swept rocks and turned around to see the Iceland Gull (1st winter) on the grass behind me, pantomime or what!
Training or playing, maybe both. Arbroath Inshore Lifeboat
I didn't see how far out to sea they'd been
Shag, very close in at Whiting Ness
Shag, I think it wanted to roost on the ramp but there were people walking past even in the cold wind
I counted 43 Purple Sandpipers in this photo taken near the West Breakwater at Inchcape Park, Arbroath. Recently in better conditions I saw 55 on the breakwater with the majority sitting on the seaward facing side
Indulge me this collection from Montreathmont Forest, I'm posting them in an effort to encourage some people I know to visit the hide and see there's more to birds than the Blackbird in their garden and the Buzzards on the fence-posts.
I wasn't going to post these photos taken on Tuesday when it remained dark all day, but now it's the same again on Wednesday I thought we'd see what photography in the past might have been like. I can't remember last week let alone the past so I'm not sure!
A real shame that the female Kingfisher chose to fish repeatedly from the perch in front of the BOS Hide on the worst day for photography I can remember. Still, it was good to watch as it caught shrimp after shrimp and chased the male away from the perch on a number of occasions
There were two Little Egrets, this one at the furthest it could be away from the hide. When it did eventually land much nearer I'd been distracted by the Kingfishers antics and a movement I made spooked it
A wee bit of colour in this photo taken at the Kinnaber Viaduct on the lower reaches of the North Esk but some of it because of the brightening up applied to remove the shadows
Some of a count which totalled 127 Twite either sitting on the wires or at the feeding station on the way to the hides at Mains of Dun
Whooper Swans seen on the way back from the Shelduck Hide. I wonder if they've returned to the coast due to the freezing of the inland waters
A Greenfinch through the double glazing, looks like they'll be on the Red List soon. I've managed to attract and keep six birds coming to a front garden feeder and am considering another at the rear to see if they'll move away from the street where they get disturbed often
Remember when it was summer, (I nearly wrote warm) and Spoonbills were at the Basin
They even danced, this one was preening then leaping up onto the air to dry
A Common Tern at Ferryden on it's way out to sea to fish
There's only one cygnet still around at Carnoustie Golf links. I can't say if all of these six made it but am reasonably confident that four did