Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Dicing with death

A quick look through the gulls that were plundering the sprats revealed nothing more exciting than this Black-headed Gull.
When all the gulls rose into the air it was fairly obvious what was going to fly by - a WT Eagle. A Common Buzzard wasn't impressed with the larger bird flying through it's territory so it had a real go at it!
The usual suspects were seen on the tour but the highlights were the three Goosanders...
...and the funky looking family of Red-breasted Mergansers.
The Stonechats have had a good breeding season this year with some of the pairs getting off 3 broods. The adult male is really nice to see.
The Adders are sticking to the sheltered spots and they can move off quickly but with a bit of patience they soon come creeping back out into the open.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

A bit fishy

A cracking bird to start the day was this migrant Whinchat.
The swallows at the house have left already but there are still birds feeding young in the nest and others that are almost ready to make that epic journey to Africa.
We had a real treat while looking for the WT Eagles. A young bird was seen to fly off while another two birds circled over the ridge and when we just about to go an adult bird put in an appearance delivering a fish to it's youngster - awesome!
With all the sprats in the shallows the Grey Herons are having a field day.
A particularly tatty WT Eagle was frightening the life out of the gulls - no surprise when you see the size of that bird.
Plenty of other stuff to see through the day. Hen Harrier and Adder spring to mind but this Common Frog was a bit of a bonus.
Catch of the day had to go to the Heron that speared this flatfish. You could hear the splat as it caught the fish then it flew down to some deeper water for a bit of lubrication.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Predictable

Predictably, with the good weather in June and July, August is going to be a wet month. It certainly keeps the number of photographs down and it can make the wildlife difficult to find. Most things have been seen on most days but the Otters have been the hardest to find. Just to show the conditions at their best here is a Red Deer stag looking happy with it's lot.
The juvenile WT Eagle has decided to take up residence around the lower parts of the conifers. It certainly makes for good viewing even when it's wet.
Even the adult bird that flew in looks bedraggled.
There appears to be a lot of small fish around the coast at the moment. The Mackerel are chasing these small fish so you see them all jump out of the water as they try to escape and it provides food for all the birds along the shore. You don't see Oystercatchers catching fish but they can do it!
Yet another WT Eagle photograph but it does show that they will fly in poor conditions.