Friday, 18 May 2012

Baby everything.

Wednesday was another sunny one with less wind so it was a little warmer. Stunning views of a Dunlin in the morning...
...was quickly followed by a Lapwing with two chicks - I managed a snap of one of the youngsters.
A male Hen Harrier was a good one to pick up but it was all too brief unlike the Mountain Hare that was sleeping on the beach.
Three pairs of Greylag Geese with goslings continued the baby theme. A WT Eagle was next up but we were struggling for a place to stop without blocking the road. A Sedge Warbler was an added extra when we stopped.
Lunchtime gave us a few small birds with Goldfinch, Siskin, Chaffinch, Swallow, Meadow Pipit and Song Thrush all showing well. A family party of Greenfinch provided some entertainment...
...and a Blue Tit was feeding young.
Next up was a fly past Red-throated Diver and then a male Hen Harrier.
As the harrier moved off a Golden Eagle came over the ridge in the same view before it sailed over the top of us - awesome. An Otter picked up by one of the guests showed well before swimming off. We found a Mistle Thrush that was collecting food for it's young...
...and an Eider with 5 ducklings.
The weather had changed a bit and there was some light rain that didn't put off the Short-eared Owls. We had one sitting in the grass but the two that were tussling made for a cracking finish to the day.

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