Saturday, 24 December 2016

Year Review - July 2016

Usually a quiet month July and this was no exception and many birds appeared to be late with broods and numbers seemed to be affected by the cold weather at the start of the nesting season



Juvenile Cuckoo near Auchmithie, I thought this was early for July 6th



Puffin at Auchmithie



Spotted Flycatcher


A very confiding Stock Dove sitting on the wires behind the But'n'ben at Auchmithie



One of this years young Swallows near Kinnaber


Whitethroat


A male Yellowhammer at the ADBC hide



Red-breasted Merganser chicks on the South Esk upstream of the Slunks at Montrose Basin



Cinnabar Moth at Murton NR, Forfar



One of the first brood of House Sparrows in my garden

Friday, 23 December 2016

Year Review - June 2016

Some photos from my yearly June visit to the Ythan Estuary at Newburgh a place I revisited on a number of occasions throughout the summer.


Arctic Tern at the Ythan Estuary, Newburgh, Aberdeenshire



Common Tern at Ferryden, Montrose using the pole as a perch much as a Kestrel would and watching for small fish below



The King Eider drake at the Ythan returned again for another year



A Sand Martin chick sunbathing or waiting to be fed at the mouth of its nest brrow in the dunes at the Ythan



Act cool Jessie and that fella with the camera might not spot our nest



Skylark near Auchmithie



The only Spoonbill seen at Montrose Basin this year and it's thought it only stayed one day



Female Azure Damselfly, the first time I'd identified this species on the Carnoustie Golf Links



The male Azure Damselfly


One of the Great Crested Grebe nests on Forfar Loch, I think most nests failed again this year due to fluctuating water levels, the birds couldn't raise the nest quick enough to keep the eggs warm. There are also many gulls at the loch including Lesser Black-backed Gulls a main predator of duckling and young grebes.


Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Year Review - May 2016

A good start to May with a Glossy Ibis followed by many migrant and breeding species


Glossy Ibis at the Shelduck Hide, Montrose Basin


Sandwich Tern, Glaxo, Montrose


Sedge Warbler on the track to Scurdie Ness, Montrose


A newly arrived Swallow also Scurdie Ness


Not the first Wheatear I'd seen but close enough


Four of nine Whimbrel at Annat Bank, Montrose Beach


Whitethroat on the track to the hides at Montrose Basin


More migrants heading north, these are Black-tailed Godwits, again at Montrose Basin


Fulmar at Arbroath Cliffs


Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Year Review - April 2016

Seems that April was a quiet month with winter birds already gone and some of the summer breeding birds yet to arrive, or was it I was yet to find them.


A sign that at least the Common Sandpipers thought it was spring, this one was almost at the top of Glenesk where many nest


Another sign of spring, this Willow Warbler was calling at Murton NR on the penultimate day of April


The Grey Herons on the Brothock Burn near to my house are used to walkers and this one wouldn't move away from its position very close to me


The first Guillemot I found in April in the South Esk estuary at Montrose


A male Lapwing displaying to a nearby female who was more concerned on feeding


The classic Harrier food pass between these Marsh Harriers over the reeds on the far side of Kinnordy Loch. Note Olive, I need a longer F2.8 lens and it's Xmas........


A Starling in my garden which later on brought its youngsters and all its mates

Monday, 19 December 2016

Year Review - March 2016

A bit of a raptor fest and I did have a distant Golden Eagle photo and video in the same month. The Ravens fledged five chicks and I think the Peregrines three and it's likely a young Peregrine which will appear in a later month's review will be one of them.


The male Marsh Harrier at Kinnordy



Also at Kinnordy, Osprey white LN



Peregrine at St Cyrus


Raven at St Cyrus


A rare visitor or even the first recorded Red Kite also at St Cyrus. All three birds seen within a 30 minute period on March 2nd



Looking up the "new path" to Bachnagairn in Glen Clova, the foot bridge upstream from Moulzie is still missing after the winter floods and may get replaced next summer


Mr Grumpy on the old path in Clova



Goosander with a Stickleback at Forfar Loch



Returning Kittiwakes at Arbroath Cliffs



Sanderling at Lunan Bay