Friday, 23 September 2016

Bar-headed Geese, still classed as Feral in the UK

Having never seen Bar-headed Geese before and since it was still sunny this late in September I ventured to Kinnordy Loch where five had flown in with the Canada Geese. Fortunately the Bar-heads weren't put off by the strimming of the reedbeds which will continue on Thursdays for the next few weeks. Two Marsh Harriers were also showing well but a bit distant and a difference in their plumage posed a question especially as the male looking one started collecting nest building material!

Bar-headed Geese video at Kinnordy, click here,

Bar-headed Goose, one of the better looking goose species

They should be flying over the Himalayas but Kinnordy Castle will have to do

Very distant Common Scoter at Lunan Bay

Velvet Scoter

Dunlin at Elliot

Knot, a rarer visitor at Elliot

Sanderling, Elliot

A young Peregrine which appeared to have spooked the gulls and terns at Westhaven

Kittiwake at Lunan Bay

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Blood Moon

Before the equinox, a surprise moon and a few from Lunan Bay on a sunny September day.

A "Blood Moon" seen on my way home on Tuesday the night before the equinox, "taken from some distance away!!

Kittiwakes relaxing at the gull roost at Lunan Bay with a photo-bombing Common Gull

It's a hard life at this time of year, yawn......

Sandwich Tern, pre-flight stretch

Two of around 40 Wigeon out at sea

A backlit Grey Heron at Victoria Park, Arbroath

Common Gull at Corbie Knowe

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Long-tailed Skua at Easthaven

After asking the experts and getting a concensus I've decided to post these juvenile Long-tailed Skua photos taken on my Webs count at the weekend. Also on the Webs were a first Grey Plover of the season, a Curlew Sandpiper and eight Bar-tailed Godwits. Elsewhere I eventually found the Semipalmated Sandpiper at the Ythan Estuary but just before high tide when it flew off to the wader roost with around 500 Dunlin. Needless to say we din't see the Humpback which did show but not where we were looking.

Juvenile Long-tailed Skua, Easthaven

Being harried by a larger Curlew

It didn't seem to bothered and just floated its way along the beach

Knot at the Ythan Estuary still showing breeding plumage and an injury to its head, perhaps from a Peregrine hunting further upstream from where the photo was taken

Knot, what the the one above this should look like by now, one of over a hundred downstream from the lifeboat shed

Something or somebody spooked this group seals on the north bank of the Ythan which then swam down the river into the sea. Another group just metres away stayed where they were?

Easthaven beastie, I think it's a Sea Louse of some kind. Does anyone know?

A Rock Pipit which landed close before it realised I was there. It was near the paddling pool in Arbroath while I looked for the Med Gull which was sitting on Chalmers roof again