Saturday, 24 June 2017
There were at least 22 Puffins either on the sea just offshore or flying around further out and they stayed like that until they'd decided I wasn't a threat hiding in the rocks on the beach. After a period of time most birds flew into their nests, fed the chicks and flew back out to fish again so these photos were taken in around a five minute period of action. They fly faster than you'd think!
Flying in to a nest, I didn't see any birds with sand eels though
The old red sandstone and the shade giving everything a red hue
Male Stonechat who looked to be guarding a nest near Auchmithie
Rock Pipit on the beach
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
I took a walk down to the Scurdie Ness Lighthouse on Tuesday without anything special in mind but always hoping the Dolphins, Gannets or Common Terns would be fishing. I only saw a few terns flying out to sea but I was able to amuse or frustrate myself by trying for photos of the small birds in the undergrowth. The photos are displayed in the order taken.
At least three of these Sedge Warbler fledglings were trying to conceal themselves in the long grass and generally did a good job but gave the game away by calling to be fed
This adult Sedge was further along but could have been one of the parents of the newly fledged youngsters.
Even the Swallows were having a rest in the sun and this one had dropped in for a quick drink near the lighthouse
The House Martins kept coming to this small wet area where they were picking up mud and some of the green weed
One of the many Meadow Pipits collecting food for clutches all along the track
Eider duck, one of many without ducklings
Linnet female, lots of these along the track and they do approach if you stay still and no-one walks by, they don't like the noisy speed boats though
Male Linnet in the harsh sunlight
Song Thrush sunbathing near its nest, perhaps a second brood?
Now at the Lurgies, even the Black-headed Gulls are feeling the heat and yawning
First Meadow Brown Butterfly this year for me and a better photo than I usually manage holding that heavy lens on my DSLR
Red-breasted Mergansers heading into the basin, I counted 13 of them briefly at Miss Erskine's Bank
The first time I recall seeing this Whooper Swan this season, it's a long staying bird which has hung around the basin and usually rests on Miss Erskine's Bank where this photo shows it. I'm sure I've seen it flying in previous summers but perhaps it doesn't fly well enough to migrate with its kind
Monday, 19 June 2017
I've been taking it easy in the heat and relaxing without a cold beer in the garden with a short trip to see how the Little Ringed Plovers who failed at their first attempt to breed were getting on.
Little Ringed Plover, nest attempt two. Never a good plan to build a new nest two feet or less from the one that had been predated. You should be able to see an egg on the old nest to the right and up a bit, hoping for a better result this time
It's difficult to get a Swift photo and I've found that my garden isn't a good place to try due to all of the houses, trees and garages that obscure the birds even if they are higher up. Will try again somewhere more open
Olive's House Martin, she's claimed this one as it's nesting on her house. She'd earlier claimed the budgie which is still here and seen daily
Maybe the same bird or it's mate
Starling plumage evolution. One of the latest new broods invading my garden
This one must be from one of the earliest broods and is the most advanced I've seen at my feeders
One of the hard worked adults being constantly harangued for food
Inevitably all of the bird action in the garden has eventually attracted this male Sparrowhawk. It was a long way away and circling quite high up when I saw it, and I thought the commotion I'd heard in the garden before had been an unsuccessful attempt at one of the young sparrows. Tonight when filling a feeder I found the evidence of a sparrow having been plucked, all of which must have happened when I was at the other side of a very large cotoneaster