I've been out a couple of times in the last few days and seen mostly raptors. I could scrape in a few more things if I stayed out longer but I'm happy with a couple of hours in the field. Red Deer are showing well near the roads as the weather gets colder.
Thursday, 29 November 2012
Monday, 26 November 2012
Three quick trips out to try and avoid the weather were as good as could be expected. The first trip out started in good weather but soon deteriorated as a hail shower passed through and the light never improved. A Kestrel posed quite nicely...
...when another 50+ birds did a fly past before disappearing!
No sign of the Waxers the following day but five WT Eagles made up for that. The first WT Eagle was fairly close and looks like a 2010 bird coming into it's third year. The bill is almost full yellow and the tail is wedge shaped.
Still no change in the light conditions apart from the odd bright spell when you aren't looking. Finally managed to get a photo of a juvenile Great Northern Diver - notice the scaly back and could that be a small bump on the forehead?!
Friday, 23 November 2012
An early run out was always going to produce a few things but I never expected to get photos too. They are not pretty but it did work - a cracking male Merlin to start the day.
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
I've managed to be busy on the nice days and not really ventured out on the scruffy days. Despite the poor weather Hen Harriers are a daily sighting at the moment - the males are more elusive but I managed to get two together. I got my first sighting of the Greenland White-fronted Geese of this winter as 20 birds flew overhead...
Thursday, 15 November 2012
With the gloomy weather continuing it's almost like being dark and the photos can't get any worse! A quick run out produced 3 Otters, 4 GN Diver, a Hen Harrier...
So, glad it's night but what about the Pips? With the cloudy conditions it's not too cold so there are plenty of Pipistrelles flying about - enough to brighten up the dullest of days.
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
It's took a bit of time to sort through the holiday snaps and the weather hasn't been the best but I managed a trip out for a couple of hours. Within seconds of leaving the shop I was parking up to get these shots of a female Hen Harrier. The bird was already past me but hunting into the wind meant it wasn't taking too much notice. Skimming low over the vegetation...
There are plenty of GN Divers on the lochs now and I was lucky to come across two adult Otters in the same location.