Saturday, 1 August 2015

Carnoustie Golf Links, Balmossie, Craigmill Den, Arbroath, Tayock and the Lurgies

A bit of a tour over two days, with Ruff which is a first for this year, and a flight photo of one of the two Little Egrets at the Basin.


Little Egret, Montrose Basin, one of two


Osprey, Montrose Basin


Ruff in the distance at Montrose Basin (foreground bird is a Greenshank)


Six Spot Burnet Moth, Tayock. The first I've seen this year and one of seven seen.


Grey Heron, Carnoustie Golf Links


Kestrel, Barry Buddon and Carnoustie Golf Links


Yellowhammer bath time, Carnoustie Golf Links


Black-headed Gull, West Links Arbroath


Kittiwake juvenile with BH Gull, Inchcape Arbroath


Juvenile Starling, West Links


Adult Starling, West Links


Turnstones, Inchcape Arbroath


Oystercatcher, Balmossie, Monifieth. A cheery looking fellow!


Teal in eclipse on the Craigmill Burn (the first I've seen there)





Thursday, 30 July 2015

The waders are returning, well a few so far at Montrose Basin and area

Struggling with too much light on some of these today at Scurdie Ness and the Lurgies, Montrose


Green Sandpiper, Lurgies, photo from a distance then it was scared away


Greenshank, Lurgies


Purple Sandpiper (juvenile?), Scurdie Ness


The Sandwich Tern is being hunted for its fish by this juvenile Black-headed Gull


Sandwich Tern


Velvet Scoter heading south to Lunan Bay


Canada Geese, Lurgies


Last Gannet photo for a while!



Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Dolphins to Swallows via Terns and Kittiwakes

Just sit on the rocks at Fishtown of Usan and wait until something flies close enough for a photo, it seemed simple but the weather again was overcast with some drizzle. I'd also been challenged to get a photo of a Swallow flying over the Brothock Burn at Arbroath Harbour which I'd thought impossible unless it was sunny.


Swallow near the "blue toilets"


A different Swallow


Pied Wagtail juvenile


Pied Wagtail


Dolphin at Usan, maybe 20 in three groups


Adult but at least two young ones seen


Kittiwake, Usan also many young ones around


Sandwich Tern, Usan


Cormorant, Usan


Rock Pipit, Usan


Jackdaw at West Links, Arbroath (while I was looking for the Med Gull)





Sunday, 26 July 2015

Arctic Skua and Gannets at Lunan Bay

While on a picnic with grandkids at Lunan Bay on 24/7/2015 this Arctic Skua flew in from the south, briefly approached the roosting gulls and terns before they chased it off. The Gannets were feeding successfully offshore at low tide but I'm hopeful of finding some nearer the beach elsewhere for some close action.


Arctic Skua, 2nd summer


Arctic Skua, 2nd summer


Original photo before crop from around 400 metres away


Gannet, 200 metres out to sea


One of around 12 fishing in the bay