Friday, 9 January 2015

Girdle Ness Dolphins and two more of Purple Sandpipers

The remaining photos from yesterday's trip to see the Harlequin Duck in the previous post but not the duck instead the Dolphins at Girdle Ness which never got close but the sun allowed for long distance shots. The first three are a sequence, the fourth is showing off and the fifth is bird-watching like I was.

Added below the dolphins are two of a flock of Purple Sandpipers which numbered at least 48 birds, seen behind the sea wall near to Girdle Ness.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Harlequin Duck (1st winter drake) Seaton Park, River Don, Aberdeen

I don't usually travel to see the rarer species but this one a Harlequin Drake had stayed around on the River Don in Aberdeen for a few days and I thought if it can travel from Iceland then I should manage Aberdeen.

On arrival I found the bird right away, perhaps it was the small pack of men with the large lenses standing by the river. The light wasn't good as it was early in the day and when it did get better the sun gave everything a golden tinge, hey-ho!

Purple Sandpipers, Girdle Ness, Aberdeen

Purple Sandpiper

Three Shags, a Cormorant and an Eider. Girdle Ness.

Dolphins first seen off Donmouth then Girdle Ness.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Sunshine on Easthaven

A sunny afternoon at Easthaven and despite many walkers on the beach at high tide the birds simply moved around them. In the first photo the Buzzard was only slightly spooked by the train seen blurred in the background as it sped past. In photo two the Pied Wagtail actually stopped moving for a second, the Redshank was feeding in the scrape and the Stonechat pair were around the car park area.

Also around was a single Grey Plover, Teal, Mallard, Turnstones, Curlew, Rock Pipit, Linnet and the most I've seen together, 58 Sanderlings. The Peregrine I'd seen hunting nearby the previous day was not found. Many of today's photos had an orange tint due to the low sun, the Grey Plover almost looked like it was a Golden plover, not complaining about the sun though.

Buzzard as the Dundee train speeds by

Pied Wagtail near the car park


Stonechat male

Stonechat female

Monday, 5 January 2015

Early New Year Birds, all from nearby

These are from various sites over the few days since the New Year, there were many more and videos, some on my YouTube site here, Eck Shepherd Bird Clips

Dunlin at Easthaven

The only Grey Plover often at Easthaven

Am I the only person who thinks Red Castle looks like K9

Pintails, Montrose Basin

Reed Bunting, Forfar Loch

Ringed Plover, Easthaven

Rock Pipit at Inchcape Park, Arbroath

A solitary Sanderling at Easthaven

Starlings near the greenkeepers shed at Elliot

Twite at Montrose Basin