Friday, 21 August 2015

Rained off at St Cyrus

Two from St Cyrus one of which caused me some ID confusion and I learned not to use a photo alone for identity especially ones which aren't a natural pose and of a juvenile bird in moult.


Kestrel, photographed when directly overhead


Knot, Boddin


Linnet juvenile in moult


Murton Nature Reserve in a brief sunny period on Thursday

The first photos are from Murton and from the Bank Vole onwards are from Montreathmont. I couldn't find any Black Darters at Murton but the sun was only out for a wee while so a return visit soon.

A short video of one of the Common Darters just finishing eating a small fly is on my YouTube feed along with others, click here.


Emerald Damselflies mating at Murton


Emerald male


Common Darter Dragonfly, male


Immature male Common Darter


Cinnabar Moth caterplillar


Waiting ID for the flower and will look up the Hoverfly


Greylag Goose, Murton


Incoming....


Bank Vole at Montreathmont


Blue Tit


Unknown fungus growing out of Olive's trainer!!


Great Spotted Woodpecker, male


Great Tit


Poor light for this Spotted Flycatcher which appears to have a Granpa Broon moustache!






Thursday, 20 August 2015

Autumn migration at Montrose Basin

It was sunny on Wednesday so I ended up spending far too much time idling around Montrose Basin but with good results as the migration is getting into full swing. Some of these were very far away but I thought it was worth posting some of the dodgy photos. I found two very small waders which I thought were Little Stints but at first I didn't "claim" them until a wiser man than me confirmed them. Also missing from the photos are Greenshank, Ruff, Snipe which were in the Slunks and two Ospreys fishing downstream of the Old Harbour.

Video of the Whimbrel being chased by a Curlew, click here


Marsh Harrier, juvenile at the Slunks





Whimbrel at the Yacht Club


It only appeared to eat the claws of the crab


Black-tailed Godwits, Yacht Club


Canada Goose, one of 200-300


Common Sandpiper at the Old Harbour


Goosander, Lurgies


Little Egret, Lurgies



Monday, 17 August 2015

Black Stork at Loch of Strathbeg

We'd thought the chance to see a Great White Egret had gone when we left for Strathbeg this morning to see the Black Stork but on the way up there a text said the Egret was there again. On arrival the Black Stork was standing about 150 metres from the centre and not worth trying for a photo but later it flew away and returned allowing for some shots and video as it flew in. The Great White Egret was very distant but obvious on the main loch and as a bonus a Spotted Redshank appeared with one of the many Greenshanks on one of the centre's pools.
By the time we left we'd also seen 6 Ruff, 11 Greenshank, 9 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Peregrines, 2 Dunlin and 21 Lapwings all in front of the centre. The Spotted Redshank video below is a bit washed out, I've no control over video exposure!

Black Stork feeding video, click here.

Black Stork flying in video, click here.

Spotted Redshank video, click here.





With cameo from Dunlin








from SX50