Friday, 1 January 2016

Montrose Waxwing 2016

A 2016 video of one of the three Waxwings still in Montrose on New Years day.


Wednesday, 30 December 2015

2015 Year Review

A look back at some of my photos throughout 2015, some rarities, some even photos taken with some skill, or was it all the kit I bought! All are photos chosen because I like them and are displayed in the order taken over the year with some months having more entries than others.

I couldn't decide on video favourites so have included links to ones which were popular on my YouTube pages. Please click the links below for clips in High Definition. The Swans are from 2014.

Mute Swans fighting over ownership of Keptie Pond, Arbroath

Harlequin Drake, Seaton Park, Aberdeen

Black Stork juvenile, Loch of Strathbeg




Harlequin Drake on the River Don in Seaton Park, Aberdeen


Kingfisher at Monikie Country Park, Angus


Red Squirrel, Montreathmont Forest, Angus


Kestrel near Monikie Country Park


Scaup drake on the Island Pond, Monikie Country Park


Snow Bunting on the beach at Largo Bay, Fife


Bewicks Swan, Newburgh, Fife


Marsh Harrier, Kinnordy Loch, Kirriemuir


King Eider drake at Newburgh, Aberdeenshire


Stoat at the Lurgies, Montrose Basin


Goshawk, Glenesk


Red-necked Phalarope, Elliot, Arbroath


Garganey pair at Murton Nature Reserve, Forfar


Swift, and they are very, at Keptie Pond, Arbroath


Dipper chick on the Brothock Burn, Angus


Stoat, one of four playing in the puddles at Elliot Golf Course, Arbroath


Stonechat, Easthaven, Angus


Bottle-nosed Dolphins at Fishtown of Usan, near Montrose


Swallow on the Brothock Burn at Arbroath Harbour


A returning Sanderling at Montrose Beach


A Knot also returning from breeding, at Montrose Beach


Great Skua flying past Fishtown of Usan


Black Stork juvenile at RSPB Loch of Strathbeg


Bank Vole in Montreathmont Forest


Pied Flycatcher on a foggy day at Mains of Usan, Montrose


Ruff in a stubble field corner near Brechin


Pale-bellied Brent Goose on the beach at the Craigmill Burn outflow, near Carnoustie


Goldcrest, Carnoustie Golf Links


Little Egret, the Lurgies, Montrose Basin


Grey Partridges near Mains of Usan, Montrose


Black Cock in an Angus Glen


Great White Egret at Kinnordy Loch


Otter swimming in front of the viewing platform at Forfar Loch


Short-eared Owl captured from the car at Elliot, Arbroath


Arctic Skua at Kinnaber Links, Montrose


Crossbill female in Montreathmont




Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Waxwings and a male Sparrowhawk

There were three Waxwings preening in a tree opposite Guthrie Brothers Garage in Montrose, just next to the roundabout at the east end of Newhame Road. There looked to be enough berries for them to stay at least one more day on 29/12/2015.

The Sparrowhawk flew in to my apple tree twice in an hour on one of the dull days this week but never got any of the feeding Greenfinches or Tree Sparrows, too many eyes watching I think.


Waxwing video from Montrose, click here


Waxwing


Same Waxwing


Male Sparrowhawk



Sunday, 27 December 2015

Monikie and some from one of my NEWS surveys

Olive wanted to go for a walk so Monikie seemed suitable, after all it has a drake Smew, Pochard, Kingfisher and others. First thing in the morning I'd done one of my short Non Estuarine Wetland Survey sectors at Inchcape, Arbroath at low tide, a section which is effectively the west breakwater. I repeated the survey again at high tide when there actually were birds around! (virtually none at low tide)

Smew drake video, click here,

Pochards at Monikie video, click here,


Pochard, female left followed by a drake right


Grey Heron, although it was in the shade it let me get quite close


Mistle Thrush


Rock Pipit


Signal Tower Museum, Arbroath


Sunrise at around 0845