Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Balgavies Loch - in search of a Water rail.............

No sighting of the ever reclusive Water Rail but I did hear one call a few times to the left of the hide at Balgavies. We did get a brief visit from some Long-tailed Tits and I managed to find two Treecreepers on the railway side of the loch and as I left there were 15 Cormorants roosting on the island trees.

Caught in a shaft of the low sun


Not the usual photographic pose for a treecreeper


Long-tailed Tits in the shadows at the hide

This Red Squirrel appears to have leprosy and has been reported


An "artistic" Buzzard photo for Lorna the cyanotype woman




Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Purple Sandpipers increasing at Arbroath

The largest number I've seen this year, 18 Purple Sandpipers on the high tide at Inchcape Park, Arbroath. More important was a Jack Snipe at Elliot which was flushed for a few metres in one of the flooded areas and then left in peace. It was raining and all I got was a blurred spot on the single photo attempt.


Not good conditions but a photo at high iso until the sun comes back


Monday, 25 January 2016

Bittern still at the Bank of Scotland Hide

The Bittern was still around at Montrose Basin today and showing well at about 1530. The two photos below are from the North Esk at Kinnaber and the Merganser was one of only a few birds around at high tide. I want a haircut like his!


Red-breasted Merganser drake




Sunday, 24 January 2016

American Wigeon in Fife

Although this American Wigeon drake had hidden behind an island on Gaddon Loch near Collessie in Fife I did manage to get a photo for my records. The Hawfinches were high in a tree and I only got a few quick photos before they flew off. The Fulmar and GBB Gull are likely the last photos from my NEWS surveys unless I decide to do a few second surveys before the end of the month.

Video of the sleeping wigeon, click here,


American Wigeon, Gaddon Loch, Collessie


Hawfinch


The powerful beak breaking off a new bud


Fulmar seen near Auchmithie on a NEWS survey


3rd Winter Great Black-backed Gull, also Auchmithie