I just had a quick run out today with no real intention of taking photos as it was lashing down again! As it turned out the first thing I came across was an Otter running across the road and as I pulled up another Otter was heading into the sea in front of me. A nice surprise, for sure, but you can see the raindrops - nasty weather!
Sunday, 27 November 2011
Not a great deal to report at the moment more down to the poor weather than anything else. I had a quick run out on Friday and found a Black-throated Diver way out on the loch. I gave it a bit of time and managed to get it a bit closer but not really close enough.
The wind was pretty savage and getting worse so I headed for home. A couple of Buzzard were hunting the side of the road and one of them stayed long enough to be photographed.
The weekend was really wild with gale force winds and plenty of rain - needless to say I didn't bother going out!
I picked up the spycam this morning so here are a few pics from that. First into the frame was a cat.
It was certainly on a mission and it could still be on the run now!
Thursday, 24 November 2011
Another day of grey skies but no rain in the morning. As I type this the wind is howling and the rain is lashing off the windows - brrrrrrrrrrrr. As there didn't seem much point in going too far today I had a quick scan outside the shop picking up the usual Teal, Turnstone, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Greenshank and Little Grebe plus an adult WT Eagle. I kept my eye on the Eagle in the hope it would fly a bit closer as it was about half a mile away. Half an hour later the bird was in the air and heading my way. It had it's eye on something as it came back to earth with talons at the ready.
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
The predicted sunshine did arrive yesterday but there was still a fair bit of cloud around too. I settled myself onto a comfortable rock to wait for an Otter to come a bit closer. I watched and waited as this Otter clambered ashore, some distance away, and promptly settled down for a kip!! I turned my attention to a few RB Merganser that were heading my way and managed to capture this male as it flapped it's wings.
With the feeders full the Chaffinches were around but not posing well so I made do with this Great Tit on the Willow.
Monday, 21 November 2011
I was standing outside the shop this morning when a flock of birds came up from the shore to land on the wires - an impressive flock of 22 Rock Pipits! While looking at those birds I could hear the 'pit, pit, pit' calls of Long-tailed Tit just before twelve of them came flitting overhead - a nice way to start the day. I couldn't resist going out to see what else was out there. Most of the water was flat calm so it wasn't too long before I'd picked up an Otter. It didn't take too long before it came ashore but it was a fair distance away - not a bad effort though.
Sunday, 20 November 2011
...but not up here. To be honest it's been overcast with plenty of drizzle. Plenty of birds around though with the best of the bunch being a single Common Scoter. The Turnstones are showing really well on the high tides...