A collection of pictures taken during our travels around the Arbroath area and further. Most photos are of birds, some wildlife and a few views, and
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The drake Smew currently at Kinnordy is as expected a wary bird and it caught me off guard as it appeared from behind the reeds and immediately started to swim away despite any movement or noise from me the only person in the hide. The Red-necked Grebe is still at Lintrathen and although closer is still keeping a safe distance and out of range for photography.
I made the trip to Birnie and Gaddon Lochs in Fife today in the hope of getting a closer photo of an American Wigeon and I'm happy with these but of course if it had come closer and I didn't need the teleconverter, hey ho
American Wigeon drake doing a bit of feather maintenance
Drake Goldeneye, taken while waiting for the Wigeon to swim closer
The first time I've seen a bird of any interest at my step-daughters and it's in the week she's moving house. I saw this male Sparrowhawk fly into the tree and the gulls chasing it made a racket until they eventually moved it on
Some concern over this Woodpigeon which I believe has Trichomoniasis although not the worst case I've seen. Past birds seen in my garden haven't survived and unfortunately it can be spread to other species. It's the first one I've seen for a few years and since a neighbour cut down some bushes I don't get Greenfinches the other birds more commonly affected