Saturday, 1 August 2015
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
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
Purple Sandpiper (juvenile?), Scurdie Ness
The Sandwich Tern is being hunted for its fish by this juvenile Black-headed Gull
Velvet Scoter heading south to Lunan Bay
Canada Geese, Lurgies
Last Gannet photo for a while!
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
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
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
Rock Pipit, Usan
Jackdaw at West Links, Arbroath (while I was looking for the Med Gull)
Sunday, 26 July 2015
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