Thursday, 18 December 2014

Leap

I saw these three Otters heading along the shore so I kept going and walked back to where they were. I arrived at the spot just as they were scent marking and getting ready to leave.
The Grey Herons seem to be flying past every couple of minutes so I had to grab a snap of one.
I was surprised at how nice this Robin looked as it was sitting in a shaded area at the time...
...and this Greenshank couldn't have been in a darker place!
All the stags near the road seem to be fairly small in the antler department but it's better than no antlers at all and not to be sneezed at.
Daylight hours are fairly short now so time really does seem to fly by. It was nice to get one last chance of some Otter shots as this one took a leap.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

After the storm

The wind blew, the rain fell and there was a fair bit of flashing and banging too but, thankfully, there was no serious damaged caused by the storm. We did get a dusting of snow on the road which gave me the chance to take the Christmas shot of a Robin.
Sadly, there was nothing interesting blown in. It's not too often that the Common Teal come to the near shore but it was fairly sheltered so a few of them took the opportunity.
This bedraggled Buzzard was perched up at the side of the road and he wasn't going to move - he's giving me a good hard look!
A nice close view of an Otter taking it's catch ashore...
...while on a shopping trip was a bit of a treat but the only other decent sighting was a male Hen Harrier and a few Curlew feeding in a field.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Before the storm

The days just before the storm hit were pretty calm and there didn't seem to be an increase of birds at the feeders. They don't get much better looking than a Blue Tit.
There was an increase in the gull population though. There must have been 300 Common Gulls at the head of the loch with another 600 out on the main part of the loch.
The rough weather never seems to affect the seals and Otters. There were plenty of Common Seals to be seen 'bottling' close to shore...
 ...while an Otter swam past keeping an eye on me.