Thursday, 9 July 2015

Stoats at play on July 7th at Arbroath Golf Course

I've put the gulls and Northern Eggar Moth at the top in case you get bored with Stoats and miss them!



Black-headed Gull at Monikie CP


Mediterranean Gull, adult, Arbroath


Northern Eggar Moth male, Perthshire. Captured by my open car windows and released unharmed.



All of these below of a family of four Stoats taken at Elliot Golf Course, none show the adult who was keeping an eye on the boisterous youngsters who really liked the big puddles as you can see.











Wednesday, 8 July 2015

St Cyrus and Fowlsheugh Reserves, ADBC club outing led by Stewart

All but the first photo taken at Fowlsheugh, the Little Egrets looked to be starting to wander and feed as I left.

Little Egret video, click here


Three Little Egrets near the hide at St Cyrus


Gulls and Gannets on one of many bait balls closer in than usual


Immature Gannet


Guillemot, it looked unable to swallow the fish/flounder


A bridled Guillemot


Herring Gull chick

Food for a Herring Gull chick, a Razorbill or Guillemot chick!


Kittiwake chicks


Obligatory Puffin

Another


Razorbill




The Elliot Hot Spot

Often overlooked, Elliot can be an interesting site with a variety of birds and as seen today perhaps due to being used to humans walking along the paths an opportunity for photographers.



One of four Stoats near the Greenkeepers huts, the youngsters were playing in the puddles


Male Stonechat


Four of five Swallow chicks on the fence near the burn


A different group of Swallow chicks being fed at the burn


Cute, eh!


Whitethroat chick on the path to Easthaven


The first returning Dunlins I've seen in 2015


This Ringed Plover looked to be guarding a nest or fledglings


Skylark


Mediterranean Gull, West Links Arbroath




Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Three Craws!!

Still with a slight bird theme, a photo of myself and two lads from Ladyloan School in perhaps 1966 taken at Arbroath Harbour with Robin Hall and Jimmy MacGregor who were filming for "The White Heather Club" a TV show hosted by Andy Stewart. There were around 130 episodes filmed but the BBC has lost or deleted all but a few including the one featuring the young Alex Shepherd seen looking at Jimmy's guitar. Later that day they requested a local to take part in another film at the harbour which involved a swimmer being rescued, at age nine and a competition swimmer I volunteered but my Mum put a stop to it, my quest for fame foiled!


Three Craws


Only one Craw


Great Crested Grebe, Forfar Loch


Ringlet Butterfly, Glen Cally


Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary


Roe Deer hind, Glen Cally