Thursday, 7 February 2013


Things continue to be a bit slack on the birding front due to the weather which has been mostly poor. A WT Eagle was picked up and watched for about 10 minutes before it eventually flew close enough for a few snaps.
A Curlew was slightly easier as it fed in the shallows but without any cover there was no chance of getting any closer!
I managed to find another Little Auk in a howling gale while trying to watch some Otters and then I gave it up. The following day was going to be less wet but no change in the wind. A small herd of Red Deer watched me pass them by as I headed in search of the Little Auk.
The sea was being whipped up even worse than the previous day but I put some time in searching for anything different with the only reward being a single Black Guillemot. The other side of the loch looked more sheltered and there were still snow showers pushing through. A couple of close encounters with a Hen Harrier were nice as I headed round. Another couple of Black Guillemots were seen while grilling the divers. A couple of Red-throated Divers were seen, plenty of Great Northern Diver...
..and a single Black-throated Diver that was a bit too far out for the camera. It was a bit chilly in the wind but the snow showers made it worse - you can see what it was like for the Red-breasted Mergansers.
I did get another couple of views of Hen Harrier but they were hard to keep track of as they used the wind to great effect!

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