Saturday, 17 December 2016

Year Review - February 2016

Some photos from February 2016 ranging from Aberdeen to Pitlochry and as expected it's a mixture of wintering wildfowl and birds of prey.

A male Hen Harrier trying and failing to drive a Buzzard away from his hunting patch which is one of the Corn Bunting seed strips

The now famous Ring-necked Duck on the Cuilic in Pitlochry which has turned up again this winter and was seen today. 

This Mandarin is also still around in Johnston Gardens in Aberdeen having returned again from Norway to winter in the Granite City

Red Grouse in Glen Lethnot

One of the later Short-eared Owls, this one was on the golf course at Kings Links, Aberdeen and could be seen from the road along the esplanade

A rare visitor to Carnoustie Golf Links and it was eventually chased off by the resident Mute Swan

The water at Keptie Pond, Arbroath did look that colour when I photographed this female Goosander

A Grey Plover just about at the furthest north of the range they are usually seen in along the Angus coast, this was at Hatton near Easthaven

Friday, 16 December 2016

Year Review - January 2016

Not much doing in late December and the weather outside in very dull so I've posted some photos from January 2016 as part of a yearly round-up and I'll post other months before the end of this year.

Avocet, Lunan Bay area, found by members of Angus and Dundee Bird Club on a club outing. It only stayed for a few hours and wasn't seen the following day

Bittern, Bank of Scotland Hide, Montrose Basin. A long staying visitor which I saw on most visits but I can't recall seeing it when the sun was out

Glaucous Gull juvenile, West Haven, Carnoustie. I first saw this bird as it flew over my head when doing a Non Estuarine Wetland Bird Survey, one of 11 sites I visited during December and January. It landed near me on the beach and started eating one of the dead Octopus washed up after the big storms we'd had which had brought the Little Auks below onshore. In the photo it's eating a dead seal which kept it there for a a week or more

Little Auk, Arbroath Harbour. One or two ended up in the harbour, one was even rescued in Edzell

Little Auk at Arbroath Cliffs. Just one of many hundreds, maybe thousands which were flying north during the storms very close inshore, along the beach and once or twice over my head or behind me

Ptarmigan in Glenshee, the white dot on the very top and a Roe Deer on the lower left. Seen from the roadside halfway down the hill towards the old Devils Elbow

Snow Buntings in the Ski Centre car park at Glenshee. I managed to get this photo without obvious signs of colour rings as many have multiple rings on both legs, and without seed in the shot which people had been providing to bring them in and keep them around.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Green Sandpipers at Monikie

Monikie today looking for winter ducks or grebes and there sitting on the exposed beach where the water level had receded was a Green Sandpiper which flew along and joined a second bird at the edge of the narrow strip between the two ponds. Both were kept moving as walkers went by and best views might be from where the kids feed the mallards, on the elevated path.

There was a Green Sandpiper (actually two) far, far away and lit up by the low sun. Both birds had flown along the exposed beach being kept moving as people walked by. Canon SX60 for the distance.