Thursday, 22 January 2015

New Family

I had a nice start to the day when a male Hen Harrier was flying around outside the shop...
...then a few Red Deer wandered across the road.
A bit later in the morning I had a superb encounter with a family of Otters. They were just hauling out of the water when I caught sight of them. One of the cubs looked like it was suckling at one point but seeing them trying to sleep on mum was a bit special.
They were almost scared off when a Shag surfaced nearby then took off with a clatter but they soon settled down again.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

A bit chilly

We had an early run out and found a few Red Deer sleeping at the side of the road in the snow. The sun wasn't up so it was a bit dark at the time.
The sun did come out a bit later on which gave us a chance to get a few more snaps. The Common Crossbills are present every day at Pennyghael Stores.
There are loads of Grey Heron as usual so getting one with a fish is something different so worth getting the camera out.
We were watching an Otter feeding just offshore and this Greenshank came wandering past.
The views were just awesome too...
 ...but you have to be quick because the snow won't stay too long beside the sea.
It's not that often that you get ice in the sea - brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!
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Saturday, 17 January 2015

Stormy

The weather over the last few days has been stormy to say the least. It does nothing for the amount of sightings that you get unless there is a hard weather movement - there hasn't been! It has pushed some of the commoner birds into the open though. Redshank feeding at the side of the road...
...Little Grebe feeding in the shallows near the road...
...Meadow Pipits can be difficult to find in the winter months as they stay in cover.
Stonechats have been hard to come by since the wind picked up but four birds in the same area just shows that they are sticking together.
Reed Buntings are usually easy to find in hard conditions but I can't find any at the moment but there does seem to be a few Skylarks on show.
I got a fleeting view of a Snow Bunting on the side of the road but I couldn't relocate it after getting out of the motor - the Red Deer were keen to see what I was doing though!