We stopped to take a few shots of a Red Deer at the side of the road but it wasn't working out the way we wanted it despite a few attempts. The Siskin shot was the best I could do.Next in the viewfinder was a couple of Otters - a male and female enjoying the sunshine.
....and a fog-bow too - bizarre!
We picked up Otter number seven again as we drove back and he performed quite well this time......although you can see why they can be hard to see at times - he's in there somewhere!
A cracking day but PS still wanted more - Golden Eagle, please - we gave it a shot and hit lucky to find one just before it dropped out of sight. I had a count of the GN Diver on the way back home and found 14 birds but it was a bit too early for them to be grouped together for roosting.
Sunday is shop ladys day off so it was time for her to catch up with a few things. We started off with a walk and an opportunity for me to do a tetrad for the breeding bird survey at the same time. It was a lovely walk that started with a cracking male Hen Harrier and went downhill from there despite the uphill wander! Seven birds in total with Hooded Crow, Raven, Siskin, Meadow Pipit, Common Buzzard and Dunnock being the other six. A Buzzard sitting at the side of the road provided the first bird photo of the day after the blurry Hen Harrier shots but it made up for that.
...and the reflection of the sky wasn't too bad either!We did manage to catch up a mum and 2 cubs and an impressive 20 Stags together(15 in the photo)...