Saturday, 25 March 2017

Green Sandpiper - video and dodgy stills

A chance meeting while counting Chiffchaffs at Keptie Pond when I was told the Green Sandpiper I'd seen at Murton was still around had me going there late in the afternoon before the car park closed and it was a success. Also a couple of Chiffchaff photos showing two distinctly different variants.

Green Sandpiper video (zoomed), click here            Green Sandpiper and Snipe, click here

Green Sandpiper, as always far away and shaded, photo from my Canon SX60

It wandered even further away....

Siberian Chiffchaff, I think I've managed to confirm there are two Siberians and one Chiffchaff at Keptie but there may even be more birds. As well as being hidden in the cover they are mobile around four small copses and sometimes the island and the gorse on the hill. Not the prettiest warbler around is it, but does look better in the light

Chiffchaff, typical brown above and yellow below

This Coot is nesting near the bank under the cover of some bushes

It looks like the Grey Herons have moved their prospective nest site further around the island at Keptie Pond. This one wasn't fishing but drinking in the corner where the trees have been cut down!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Siberian Chiffchaff confirmed at Keptie Pond, Arbroath

The probable Siberian Chiffchaff responded to a call today and was confirmed by an experienced birder and later seen by more wise men. A few photos taken later in the day below, and I'm sure a visit earlier on a sunny day will produce some good shots of an unwary bird, albeit always in cover. Again today I saw another Chiffchaff a common being chased away by the Siberian.

Siberian Chiffchaff, it stopped moving for about two seconds

Higher in the small trees into poor light in late afternoon

Long-tailed Tit. There were two Long-tailed Tits, a Dunnock, a Robin and a Wren in the same small copse

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Siberian Chiffchaff "probable", still not confirmed

Another afternoon at Keptie Pond chasing the elusive possible Siberian Chiffchaff. I did get a view of the Chiffchaff and it's a good bet it is a Siberian but I'll need a photo or someone else to confirm.

Plenty of action at the pond while I was there to keep me entertained though with the Mute Swans driving off the last of the cygnets and a pair of Grey Herons building a nest. Also a few Lesser Black-backed Gulls, mating Wood Pigeons and some Mallard drakes trying to drown another drake! Just my luck that I'd put the teleconverter on for the Chiffchaff so couldn't get the swans when closer to me, heyho.....

( PC Monitor re-calibrated, should improve what's seen online and elsewhere??)

The male adult, he regularly chased the cygnet from one end of the pond to the other. It's only a matter of time before it's expelled

The cygnet and unseen out of shot and not far behind is the adult male


Still showing some juvenile plumage and a dark bill

The adult in a quieter moment

Grey Herons with a nest attempt, I think the pair last year gave up, probably due to the disruption around the pond

Incoming with more building materials

Watch, you'll have my eye out with the branch!

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull for comparison

I can see three bills on the neck of the bird being attacked, initially around six drakes were involved

These two were "necking" for ages so I thought I'd take a photo to replace the Orangutans in this blog depicting Olive and I. Needless to say I've been totally banned from doing that after they took in a stage further!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Light on water, with birds included

A change in the editing of my photos, they look good to me on my PC monitor but when viewed on my tablet or phone they always look too bright and washed out so these are a trial until I can decide to change my monitor settings or put up with it.

These photos are all about the light, in particular the way the water appears in the shade and the sunlight. The Collared Dove was taken in heavy drizzle at the slowest speed I could hold the camera steady. The Grey Wagtail along with his mate was in a very shady spot almost under the road bridge.

Grey Wagtail preening at Craigmill Den, photo from road bridge on lower road

One of six Collared Doves disputing a territory at Barry Halt, Carnoustie

Back at Keptie Pond the numbers of Tufted Ducks has increased, this one shows purple in the sunlight, some others green

Mrs Tufted Duck

Only female Goosanders left at the pond on Sunday