Friday turned out to be a bit on the cloudy side so there was no real plan to go out until I was informed that there was a WT Eagle that might be worth a visit. I headed off to see if I could pick the bird up. I could see the bird sitting on some rocks from a fair distance away so I found a place to park up and started walking to a viewing point. I just got the bird back in my sights, still at some distance, and it decided to leave!! I wandered back to the car and drove in pursuit, checking a few favoured locations with no luck. I did find my first Shelduck of the year and there is always a Great Northern Diver to look at.
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Wednesday and Thursday were both nice days so I put a bit of effort in - Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon. Before I set off the small flock of Rock Pipits flew up from the shore to land on the wires so I took a couple of shots. When I looked through the photos in the evening I noticed that this bird has a pale bill instead of a dark one - odd.
In the afternoon I was sitting reading a book when I heard a Hooded Crow calling from the garden. I grabbed the camera and peered out of the window to find two Hoodies eating the spilled seed from the feeder.
A couple of scenic shots as the sun was going down to finish off. Ben More was visible for a change...
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
There is a lack of urgency at the end of January after the initial rush of starting the new year list and the weather doesn't help either. The last few days have been a bit dull, overcast, showery - you get the picture. I've been out checking on both types of eagles (they are doing well), noticing the distinct lack of Meadow Pipits and bigger flocks of Rock Pipits, 5 Little Grebe instead of the usual four wintering birds but nothing out of the ordinary and no pictures either! The 'soul food' over the last few days has been the small flock of Crossbills. One of the male birds is using the conifers at the back of the shop as a singing post. Here he is doing his thing.
Friday, 21 January 2011
A quick update on Sula - she's growing up fast.
Thursday, 20 January 2011
Tuesday was a day of occasional showers but mostly it was very nice. Just after we arrived at the shop we had a White-tailed Eagle come up from the near shore. It certainly wasn't there when we drove in but there must have been something tasty there to get it down beside the road. A couple of hours later and the gulls started getting a bit upset - a quick glance around picked up two young WT Eagle circling round. They both took their time losing height before settling on the rocks. No cameras, just pure pleasure in watching them. Life is good.
Wednesday gave us a more settled day - simply stunning! Cracking views of a female Common Crossbill were had early morning but it was too dark for any photos. When the bird flew off to land in the trees it was joined by a male bird and we were lucky enough to see them mating too! A small squadron of Rock Pipits landed on the wires, I managed to get one...
Monday, 17 January 2011
I've not really made the effort to get out since coming back from the hols mostly due to some nasty weather so todays tour was just the ticket. We started off nice and gentle with some Oystercatchers, Hooded Crow, Buzzard and a few Common Gulls before banging in a couple of WT Eagle. Great Northern Diver was the next one to make the list with Slavonian Grebe not far behind. Three Otters performed superbly with the mum bringing a huge fish ashore and the youngsters giving us a close swim by. We'd spotted three swans in the distance but hadn't yet identified them so we drove a bit closer. As we got out the motor a Woodcock flushed from the scrub in front of us - excellent. The swans turned out to be three Mute Swan - not a common bird here so a good sighting. Little Grebe numbered five, a male Goldeneye, a spring of Teal and a few Curlew were added to the list before we viewed a few Red Deer. A quick look for Golden Eagle produced some nice stags, a Kestrel and a few Ravens before a shower of sleet moved us on. Another brief stop produced Siskin, Blue Tit, Chaffinch and a single Crossbill before we picked up a raft of Otters. An unusual sight of a mum with three cubs.
Thursday, 13 January 2011
Well, here we go with the last part of the trip to Gambia. First of all I missed out a couple of photos from day 6 - White-shouldered Black Tit...