Saturday, 11 April 2015

Hot at Kinnordy today, the action that is!

A lot going on at Kinnordy today but the previous day's Garganey were never seen but both the male and female Marsh Harriers were and the male was seen chasing a Buzzard away. There was a Little Ringed Plover on the bogbean but it was being given a hard time by the Lapwings. Three different Ospreys fished at different times, one with a white ring, one with a blue ring and the other wasn't ringed.

Male Marsh Harrier seeing off a Buzzard

Still with the advantage

Buzzard with the height now

Female Marsh Harrier

Osprey fishing

Osprey scanning for fish

Osprey, missed the fish this time

A distant Little Ringed Plover


A Mallard Duck in the centre of Arbroath

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Red Kite from a trip recently and Ring Ouzel from Glenesk today

Bizarrely I'd forgotten I'd taken the Red Kite photo earlier this week from a roadside in Angus so it's included along with some Ring Ouzel photos and a Wheatear photo from Glenesk today, 9/4/2015.

Photo from the roadside in Angus

Ring Ouzel, I need to buy a monopod!

Even the Ring Ouzel was having trouble here in the strong wind

Wheatear, not blurred this time, the wind must have dropped

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Bewicks Swan, Newburgh Fife

The twice reported Bewicks was still at Parkhill Farm on the east side of Newburgh this morning feeding in a cereal field between the farm buildings and the Tay. Photos taken early in the day so the low sun was a problem.

Bewicks Swan video

On its own

With a Mute for comparison ( reduced size for ADBC site )

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Arbroath Cliffs

A short trip from Whiting Ness to Carlingheugh Bay looking for nesting Cormorants which I didn't find but saw these below on the way.

Kestrel with kill


Meadow Pipit

Reed Bunting (male)

Great Black-backed Gull

Monday, 6 April 2015

Backwater Dam Trek!

Olive's preferred site today was a walk around the Backwater Dam (7.7 miles) where we saw Jays, Redwings, Fieldfares, Buzzards, Ravens, Goldcrests, Curlews, Oystercatchers, Lapwings, a Kestrel, Mistle Thrushes and more.

The Goldcrest as usual wouldn't stay still and it resulted in an unusual view of it in flight. There were Meadow Pipits parachuting around and two male Pied Wagtails courting a female, the only mammal was a Brown Hare.


An accidental catch

Meadow Pipit

Pied Wagtail

Sunday, 5 April 2015

A mixture from Angus sites, including a long expected migrant

I had to visit someone near Friockheim so took in Montreathmont, Keptie Pond and the Brothock Burn near the harbour on my trip. The Osprey is also in Angus!

Osprey male with what looks like a pike

Chiffchaff at Montreathmont

Coot territory dispute, Keptie Pond

Herring Gull landing, also Keptie Pond

Lesser Black-backed Gulls, death to ducklings!

Brown Trout in the Brothock Burn