Thursday, 4 June 2015

A Red-necked Phalarope, here and gone.......

Found by Mark at Elliot a rare visit by a Red-necked Phalarope on it's way north and although it didn't stay long a good number of keen people managed a viewing and some photos and video.

Red-necked Phalarope video, click here

The only still moment!

Common Blue Damselfly at Carnoustie Golf Links

Also at Carnoustie Golf Links

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Curlew Sandpiper, despite the winter weather..............

A Curlew Sandpiper was among the Ringed Plover and Dunlin today at the Lurgies, it's third day so far but it was difficult to get a photo in the howling wind and frequent squally showers so a video using 100 times zoom will have to do. As with all of my videos you can change the settings on YouTube to 1080 HD which will make some difference to this one but not much!
First photo with my DSLR the rest with the Canon XS50 as I wouldn't risk the DSLR in the conditions.

Curlew Sandpiper video

First the weather, taken yesterday at Arbroath Harbour with the sun lighting the town just before a large thunder cloud brought on darkness and heavy rain.

Curlew Sandpiper, it's in the centre!

Dunlin, one of about 30 all in breeding plumage

Ringed Plover, perhaps 90 in the flock

Shelduck Drake, photo from a sunny day

Monday, 1 June 2015

Glenesk, Arbroath Harbour and my garden

I knew it was going to rain when we left for Glenesk today but it started earlier than expected and the strong wind didn't help getting near birds or seeing them in trees being blown around. We retreated to Arbroath followed by the heavy showers and I soon gave up to save the camera. The Greenfinch photo is through the double glazing in between the showers.

Tree Pipit in Glenesk, thankfully it confirmed its ID by singing

One of many Sand Martins in Glenesk

Iceland Gull still around at Arbroath Harbour

and a big clue to where it hangs out

Juvenile Greenfinches in my garden, feeding the adults proved worthwhile