Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Skuas, Dolphins, Butterflies and Plovers
An enforced walking break led to an interesting amble along the beach at Kinnaber Links just north of Montrose with a return along the back of the large dunes resulting in a mixture of birds, butterflies and even dolphins. Good on me for taking Olive and her daughters dog out for the day although the little fella, Alfie (they're all called Alfie) couldn't manage the second trip I had planned to Scurdie Ness.
Ringed Plover chick, one of three who scattered as we walked along near a shingle bank
Around eight Dolphins went southward about half a mile offshore
Just two of the few photos I was able to get but when just watching they did some spectacular leaps which Olive could even see without binoculars, she forgot them again......
Dark Green Fritillary Butterfly, first I've seen this year so I've over-done the photos posted
The green underside which gives it the name
Meadow Brown Butterfly, pesky grass always in the way and with sun and heat all of butterflies were very active
Common Blue Butterfly (not a small blue as I had before, I was thinking one photo ahead and had small stuck in my brain)
Small Heath Butterfly
Not another Osprey you might say, this one though was circling over the Glaxo complex in Montrose and occasionally drifting over the estuary. Seen from the car park at Ferryden and not a place I've seen one before.