Friday, 24 June 2016

Ythan Estuary - King Eider 2016

A busy week hence no posts until today and starting with this years photos of the King Eider Drake at the Ythan Estuary, Newburgh, Aberdeenshire. Also some of the other wildlife at Ythan mouth. Below these are Damselflies and Butterflies from Carnoustie Golf Links and then some of the new life in and around my garden.

All of these including the insects taken with the Tamron 150-600mm, should have used a tripod though. Just noticed I've used the wrong script, resize to 1000 pixels instead of 1200. I'm not changing them now!!


Colours look to be towards eclipse


Feeding with the Common Eiders


The distinctive "sails" showing well


Arctic Tern


Same Arctic Tern


Common Tern


Common Terns at the river mouth


Grey Seal, one of perhaps 800-1000 seals at the river mouth


Fledgling Sand Martin


Adult Sand Martins guarding at least one fledgling in this nest hole


Cygnets on Carnoustie Golf Links


Azure Damselfly male, at Carnoustie Golf Links


Azure Damselfly female


Blue-tailed Damselfly


Common Blue Damselflies, you should be able to see the packet of sperm the male is offering where they are joined


Common Blue Butterfly male


Same Common Blue


Ringlet Butterfly


Dunnock juvenile


Goldfinch


Greenfinch juvenile


Lapwing, Kinneil Lagoon, Forth


Swift from my garden


Woodpigeon which landed above the House Martin nest I'm surveying


Silver Ground Carpet Moth                                                                                                           




Latticed Heath Moth







Monday, 20 June 2016

Black Guillemot at Scurdie Ness

After a long walk surveying Corn Buntings I decided to take it easy and sit on the rocks at Scurdie Ness hoping to see a Skua or some Gannets feeding close in and there it was, a Black Guillemot a bird I've never seen before. Just after texting the report out I found a new way to lose a bird, it was flushed by a school of dolphins. Luckily it was re-located at Mains of Usan and its last location was back at Scurdie. Also other birds from Scurdie and some from the early morning Corn Bunting surveys.


Black Guillemot, but distant, for video click here





Black Guillemot, far out baby, and it was...........


This Common Tern used the post as a perch just like a Kestrel and dropped down to take a sand eel


Eider, after being spooked by the dolphins


Meadow Pipit not happy about me being near its nest so I moved on


A "ringed" Ringed Plover, one of a pair which I suspect have new chicks hiding in the rocks


Sedge Warbler on the track to the lighthouse


Summer plumage Turnstones, returning or I think they may not have left


Linnet from one of my surveys


Skylark from the other survey


Mallard ducklings, they look good enough to eat and something probably will