Tuesday, 27 April 2010

The rain can stop now.

Monday was a day of rain but just the light stuff. We headed off in search of Otters round the loch and found a cracking Redshank sitting on the fence to start with.
Good views of Wheatear and Lapwing were had before we picked up our first GN Diver. While watching the diver we located an Otter fishing on the far shore so we watched as it made it's way along the shore. Next on the list was a juv WT Eagle sitting on a spit of land. Another 3 Otters were found a mile or so further round before we viewed the WT Eagle nest on the second attempt due to a heavy shower spoiling the view the first time! Another single Otter was seen on the return journey and also two more juv WT Eagle before the rain started in earnest. A quiet afternoon was had but we still managed to pick up Sparrowhawk, Whimbrel, Kestrel, Dunlin and Golden Plover amongst the usual fare. Six Mountain Hare were found lounging in the Iris beds before we had a quick look at the Lapwing nest while the sitting bird was away.
After I'd dropped the guests off and returned home I caught up with a male Hen Harrier flying past the shop - cool!
Tuesday was another day of rain but heavier than the previous day. Six WT Eagle were sitting around outside the shop while I waited for todays guests to arrive. I managed to get a shot of three of the birds together in the dull conditions just before one of the birds made a few attempts to catch a swimming RB Merg!
The guests arrived in time to take in the eagle fest before we headed off in search of Otters. Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper and the many Wheatears were admired before we picked up an Otter scrambling over the rocks. We had to reverse down the road to pick the beast up again as he headed out fishing. It was a tough day but we had many highlights including a Snipe that was drumming right over our heads, a flock of Twite performed superbly about five yards in front of us, cracking views of both Great Northern and Red-throated Divers, lots of Dunlin and this Pink-footed Goose was a surprise find too.
I could add to the list but a healthy 54 species on a rainy day isn't a bad result.

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