A quick trip out turned up a nice surprise. There wasn't much around when I parked the motor, a few Common Snipe had come out of the iris bed at the side of the road so I thought I'd scan around to see if there were any more. I put the bins up to look at a small wet area and there was a bird bobbing up and down in the irises - Common Snipe don't do that so it had to be a Jack Snipe but I couldn't see much of the bird. I stepped out of the motor with the camera, pointed it in the right direction and managed to get a couple of snaps.
Monday, 31 March 2014
Saturday, 29 March 2014
We headed out in drizzly conditions but the weather was to clear as the day progressed. A few Snipe made their presence known as we stopped to look for Mountain Hare. We found four hares sheltering in the rocks but as they had a clear view of us there was no chance of getting close. As you can see the winter coat works well against the white sand.
Friday, 28 March 2014
The weather was a bit changeable as I headed out to hunt down a certain pair of WT Eagles. A female Hen Harrier was hunting along the road so I stopped to get a few snaps - they never stay close for long but they are always nice to see.
Thursday, 27 March 2014
I never caught up with the first few Northern Wheatears that came through so it was nice to finally see one.
Wednesday, 26 March 2014
A quick trip out on what was supposed to be a nice day was just one shower after another. A small group of Whooper Swans had dropped in but they will soon be on their way north to their breeding grounds.
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
A couple of Crossbill played hard to get at the start of the day but you couldn't say that about this male Hen Harrier...
...or the female bird that was coming the other way!
In the afternoon a WT Eagle put on a brief show and there were 20 Whooper Swan still lingering on one of the lochs.
Saturday, 22 March 2014
Out on tour and the conditions couldn't have been more challenging - high winds and showers. We got a cracking start to the day as we viewed a pair of White-tailed Eagle bringing nest material in. Plenty of Greylag Geese, a pair of Mute Swan, Teal, Goosander and the usual array of gulls were seen before we came across this Dipper.
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
The weather forecast says there will be passing showers - how long does a shower last? A couple of minutes, an hour...or two, well, it's just relentless with barely any time between them. I don't let it stop me going out but it does slow me down a bit. The best I managed on such a day was a few photographs of a pair of Curlew setting up territory.