Friday, 12 October 2012

Spot on.

Another good day for a tour. It was flat calm in the morning but the wind was to pick up through the day. We started with an Otter that was quite keen to keep an eye on the passing traffic.
Plenty of waders on show at the next stop with Golden Plover, Turnstone, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Greenshank and Curlew all on show. The numbers of RB merganser are starting to build up and the males are coming back into their smart plumage.
A Cormorant resting on the loch side was back lit so I've made this one black and white rather than making it brighter.
A WT Eagle was a good find but it soon disappeared but a flock of Starlings were posing in a tree.
A Razorbill showed quite well and there were plenty of Stonechat about.
Another Otter came ashore and disturbed a Grey Heron.
We watched the Otter disappear behind the point and picked up a couple of GN Diver and a RT Diver. We relocated the Otter and watched from close quarters as it brought a fish in then came closer still for a clean up. It looks like this one has had a drink of milk!
A quick stop for this camp looking Common Seal...
...produced another Otter!
As usual there were plenty of Buzzards to look at but these two stole the show as they tussled mid-air.
Another GN Diver before lunch, a Red Deer stag and a Golden Eagle while we had lunch...
...a couple of Adders and 3 Kestrel after lunch. Amongst the common birds the afternoon highlights were a Common Snipe, 2 Whooper Swan a couple of  Long-tailed Tit and a cracking view of  a Hen Harrier. Spot on!

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