Archive for September, 2010

Sep 28th by Ian under Bird Watching

I was working late today the 28th September, and stopped at the Sainsbury's store in Kinross, it was dusk, about 7.00PM and rain clouds further darkened the sky. As I parked there were skeins of pinkfeet calling and heading for loch Leven, some 700 / 800 in view at a time, I was in the store for about 20mins, and when I came out they were still flying over ! OK it could have been the same ones having done a circle, but I doubt it, they knew were to go. Wish I could take tomorrow off and be at…

Sep 20th by Ian under Bird Watching

Swallows and martins usually overlap the geese by a week or two here in Tayside, I have been expecting geese since Wednesday 15th, due to the favourable winds. It wasn't until the 18th I heard and saw a small flock of greylag geese flying over the house. Big skeins to follow, swallows and martins are still here but patchy, no longer lined up on the wires but feeding and moving south. I now look forward to crisp autumn days at Loch Leven, where I line up my imaginary gun to real cormorants, wonder what they taste like? Can't be worse…
A second days birdwatching in Hong Kong started early.¬† The meeting point for the ferry to Po Toi Island was at Aberdeen on the opposite side of the Hong Kong Island from my hotel - I had worked out the bus No. and approximate meeting place from the HKBWS website, but as everything here is so hectic I wanted to leave some spare time to find the meeting point.¬† My strategy was to get to the Aberdeen harbour and simply walk up and down looking for a group of people sporting binoculars and cameras - my strategy…
In Hong Kong on business with the weekend off¬†it was a¬†good excuse to do some birdwatching.¬† With Ian telling me that there were no birds to see in Hong Kong I looked out my book¬† 'where to see birds in the worlds cities' to see what the options were.¬† I wanted to go to the Mai Po marshes but a permit was needed and I didn't have one, my book indicated that the Hong Kong Wetland Park was a good bet.¬† I arrived around lunchtime and¬†wandered around until closing at 5pm.¬†¬†The temperatures were topping 35 degrees C…

Sep 6th by lencroney under Travels, my Friends travels

Tags: Nae tags again!

All done on cheap gear!

¬† A quiet week in Brittany marked by a visit to a chocolate factory, Bowmore at less than ¬£20.00 a bottle, oh, and I caught a fish!¬† For the technically minded it was on pellet with a size 4 hook and lead core ledger, 30lbs monofilament line, a very cheap rod and cheaper reel, (¬£15 new, and it was far from new).¬† The rod was a 2.5 lbs test bend Carp rod.¬†¬† Landing took half an hour, when these things want to run, you let them run.…
I have at last found a wing feather about the same size as the Tawny owl feather, I believe it is from a heron. The purpose was to demonstrate in the wing feathers, the difference from a nocturnal owl whose flight is silent and a normal diurnal bird. I hope you can see the softer upper surface of the tawny which seems to have extra coverings over the barbules, which you cannot see, where on the heron you can see the barbules locked together in the herring bone type pattern. The long "ridges" you can see are…
22/8/10, yesterday 21st there was strong south wind, so I half expected the Ospreys would be gone, but the male was perched by the eyrie and a juvenile was on the eyrie, food begging. On the estuary I caught up with the female and another juvenile, so one juv missing, it could be heading south. I spotted a wing tagged male marsh harrier but could not determine the colour or whether it had two wing tags, suspect it is one of this years juvs as the male adult has no tags, and it's plumage was brand new, not a feather…
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