Friday, 11 September 2015

Bean Goose and Purple Sandpiper

Starting off with one I'd missed, I took a photos of some Pink-footed Geese at Montrose Basin and originally had missed the Bean Goose below, I had noticed it was different and forgot to check, note to self pay more attention.

The second photo is another bird returning to our shores for the winter (Saturday I believe), it's a Purple Sandpiper seen at Inchcape Park, Arbroath.

The remaining photos are from a recce I did at Carnoustie Golf Links and some from Carnoustie Beach mostly taken into the sun at high tide.



Bean Goose at Miss Erskine's Bank, Montrose Basin


Purple Sandpiper, Inchcape Park Arbroath


Carrion Crow, Carnoustie Golf Links ( and the photos following)


Lily


Closer........


Meadow Pipit


Peacock Butterfly


Red Admiral Butterfly


Teal


Tufted Duck


Bar-tailed Godwit, Carnoustie Beach, (and all below this)


Grey Wagtail


Knot


Pied Wagtail


Ringed Plover


Rock Pipit


Sanderling


Sanderling


Wheatear, going south




Kinnaber again, with the DSLR

A brighter and dry day so I went back to Kinnaber for a "good" Skua photo but they just didn't come close at all. I think I'd need to be there from half tide to full tide as after high tide it just goes quiet.



Arctic Skua with a Common Scoter as a bonus


Arctic Skua and Kittiwake, a blurred Red-throated Diver in the background


Last Skua photo unless one lands next to me!


Juvenile Common Tern


Red-throated Divers, adults


Sanderling


Small Copper



Thursday, 10 September 2015

Arctic Skuas and Pink-footed Geese

A trip to Kinnaber to hopefully find Skuas and there were three Arctic's hunting along the beach chasing various birds for their catch. Later at the Lurgies at Montrose Basin I found 14 Pink Footed Geese which are the first I've seen this season and maybe a bit earlier this year.

Skua video, click here


Arctic Skuas trying to get the Kittiwake to drop it's food


This time it's a Common Tern which did surrender the fish


Greenshank at the Lurgies


The first Pink-footed Geese I've seen this autumn, Montrose Basin


Yet more Ruff, I've seen more this year than ever before, the Lurgies



Monday, 7 September 2015

Arbroath Cliffs near the season's end.............

Out for a walk along the cliffs to clear Olive's cold, didn't work but I got some photos of the Fulmars before they go. I'll see them again in February when they return, usually at Auchmithie first.











Grey Partridges, cropped but nine in the covey.


Bottlenose Dolphins, looks like three adults and a juvenile


Is she looking for me?


House Sparrow, one of around fifty who daily empty 3 feeders in my garden.


Spotted Redshanks - second attempt

I couldn't resist a sunny afternoon attempt to get a better photo and video of the 2 Spotted Redshanks I'd previously seen at Montrose Basin and although they were still far out on the mud at least the light was good. Canon SX50 100 times zoom (digital).

Spotted Redshanks video, click here


The one feeding is the norm, I've seldom seen them resting


One either side of a Greenshank they're often seen with


Red-breasted Merganser, swam past without noticing me



Sunday, 6 September 2015

A wader post.......they mostly stay still for photographers!

Some photos from nearby in Angus from Friday and Saturday. I couldn't get a decent one of the two Spotted Redshanks at the Lurgies but might try again later today.



Ruff inland near Brechin


Young Common Seal, Montrose Basin


I'm sure there were 7 of these young Red-breasted Mergansers last week at Montrose Basin


Bar-tailed Godwit, Easthaven


Dunlin, Easthaven


Kestrel, Easthaven


Ringed Plover, Easthaven


Swallow, Easthaven


Turnstone, Easthaven


Ruff at Murton


Mute Swan having a stretch, Murton


One of 400 Lapwings at Murton