Saturday, 18 April 2015

Easthaven in the sunshine, with a Whimbrel!

These taken on a pre-webs visit to Easthaven where I will do the survey on Sunday, needless to say it will not be like today and likely be very busy with humans!!

Whimbrel video, in HD if selected, click here

Whimbrel with Curlew comparison


Cormorants, synchronised sunbathing

Female Reed Bunting

Male Reed Bunting

Song Thrush

Stock Dove

Turnstone just changing into breeding plumage


Inhabitants on the Brothock Burn, Arbroath

Grey Wagtail one of a pair at this site

Pied Wagtail with remains of lunch



Friday, 17 April 2015

Haughend, Glenesk

A curtailed trip to Glenesk, I got fed up of the poor light which arrived not long after I arrived there.
I did see in the short time, Raven, Osprey, Jay, Willow Warbler, Tree Pipit, Woodcock, Meadow Pipit, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Lapwing, Curlew, 6 Grey Wagtails, Red Grouse and I heard Snipe calling.


A surprise Osprey, just passing through although it looked to be fishing


Pied Wagtail on tip toes, couldn't get the Greys


Not my first Swallow but first photo of sorts, they don't stay still you know!

Arbroath birds

Back down to earth from the previous Golden Eagle with a few of the local birds around Arbroath.

St Vigeans Nature Trail birds first with a Dipper, a Dunnock, one of five Treecreepers and Wren.
Keptie Pond later with a Chiffchaff and some of the Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
























These below from Keptie Pond, Chiffchaff and Lesser Black-backed Gull













Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Some of the more rare Angus birds seen this week

The first three photos are of a rarely seen Golden Eagle taken from at least 600 metres away followed by another raptor a male Marsh Harrier, and finally at the opposite end of the scale a Little Ringed Plover.







Marsh Harrier, hunting male


Little Ringed Plover




Iceland Gull juvenile at Arbroath Harbour

Too many photos to filter through so I've posted some I like so far, the first six are the Iceland Gull then a Herring Gull, Redshank and a Greenfinch in my front garden.










Herring Gull, was chasing the Iceland Gull around

Redshank

Greenfinch



Sunday, 12 April 2015

Keptie Pond, Arbroath turns up trumps again

Today at Keptie were a pair of Blackcaps. two Chiffchaffs, and two Greylag Geese the first I've seen on the pond. One of the early nesting birds the Coots were showing off five new chicks and also fighting with another Coot as they do.

Later at Monikie some of the seasons first Little Gulls had arrived and as I couldn't decide which photos to leave out I've added them all. I was pleasantly surprised to get the photos from quite far away.


Blackcap male

Blackcap pair

Chiffchaff, it was singing

First chicks of any species on the pond, Coots

Just doing what Coots do!

Dunnock



Little Gull adult

Little Gull

1st winter Little Gull

Adult again

Rook