Friday, 8 May 2015

Cuckoo's and Whinchats in Angus

A few distant photos of a male Cuckoo heard calling today in Angus, there appeared to be a second younger looking male bird in the same area, both together in flight at one point. Also seen two Whinchats and my first Swift of 2015.


Calling from this tree


Appeared to be feeding in between calling


Off to another fence post or tree to call again


Whinchat



Thursday, 7 May 2015

Little Ringed Plover

Seen at an Angus site this week before flying off, note it's ringed.



Lurgies, Montrose Basin

A short trip to the Lurgies at Montrose Basin and I got a long waited for photo of the Stoat I have seen there often. Or are there many Stoats?


Stoat


Whooper Swan, late away or the one that stayed all last summer?


Greylag Geese


Willow Warbler

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Arbroath between the showers

In between the cloud and rain a little sun appeared and shone on these birds around Arbroath long enough for a few photos. The Turnstones and Purple Sandpipers will go soon to their breeding grounds, the Wheatear and the Common Sandpiper will end up in the glens. The rest breed locally and I'll check the Ringed Plover another day to see if there is a nest where the photo was taken.



Turnstone changing into breeding plumage


Wheatear


Cormorant also in breeding colours


Common Sandpiper


Purple Sandpipers


Ringed Plover


Rock Pipit, a bit haggard, maybe the sitting female?


Song Thrush, nest nearby


Jackdaw



Monday, 4 May 2015

King Eider from Newburgh, Aberdeenshire.

King Eider Drake at the Inches, Newburgh, Aberdeenshire and some of 43 Whimbrels which flew in to the Snub upstream of the road bridge over the Ythan on Monday 4/5/2015. The King Eider appeared around 1-2 hours after low tide as the tide was filling the estuary again. There were many hundreds of Terns in the distance at the closed area of the Ternery with Sandwich, Common and maybe Little Terns.

Video links below filmed at 100 times zoom so best if HD settings selected in YouTube,

King Eider feeding             Whimbrels





Comparison with Common Eider


The Whimbrels were just a bit too far away combined with the sun hiding, using the Canon SX50

3 of the 43 Whimbrel



Razorbill by Olive at Fowlsheugh

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Hooded Crow and Fowlsheugh is full!

A rare Hooded Crow for the east coast on Saturday near Laurencekirk in fields on the Marykirk Road and then on a fence post on the verge of the A90 at Laurencekirk (couldn't get a photo there though). I wonder if it is the same one I saw in winter in Glen Lethnot.

Further north at Fowlsheugh the reserve is bursting with life with most birds already on nests and many partners on the sea below the cliffs preening. On a cold day with intermittent light I got some decent photos and wonder what if the sun was out?



Hooded Crow near Laurencekirk, last seen on the verge of the A90


Fulmar at Fowlsheugh




Gannets heading north


Guillemot


Nesting Guillemots



Razorbill 







Kittiwake, shouting its name





Rock Pipit