Archive for April, 2011

Still geese around, I reckon that there are in excess of 500 pinkfeet in the pics, note the heron nests in pic 2. Easter Sunday and I was out by 7.30 am, the osprey was sitting with head erect with no sign of the male. An assumption they had not swapped over. It was my intention to spend most of my time trying to determine where the Marsh harriers were nesting this year so I left the Osprey to wait for himself with a fish and I wandered over the wet grass to my estuary spot. The…
The friendly Isle, my third business visit, this time with our buyer. He was impressed with the island, the people and the food. We stayed at the Glenorchy hotel which for a Lerwick base is just the best value. Best restaurant found so far is Montys, in Montgomery street and a short walk from the Glenorchy. The Glenorchy has¬† a Thai slant to food and also has a good restaurant, it is in a quiet place just off the town centre and parking is easy. Norman, our buyer was impressed with the neatness and tidiness of the supplier's premises and…

Apr 17th by Ian under Bird Watching

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April 17th, mid morning as another GP clashes with birding!! Female now sitting/incubating? all very quiet in the exceptionally warm spring sunshine. Plenty of swallows around now and no geese. I spotted the male Osprey after about an hour, after I moved and returned, sitting on a fence post eating, he had his back to me so could not see the extent of brown on his chest, looked a very pale brown did this bird, new male? Need to try and spot the leg rings or lack of them as the opportunity arises. Did not have more than 10 mins…
Drove 9.5 hours on Saturday from Cornwall, had to watch the Malaysian GP on Sunday 10th April, then the Ospreys. Female was around on the lawn cropped nest but not incubating, no sign of a partner on first half hour viewing. She flew from the nest and I thought she was off to grab a branch/stick but she circled like a Buzzard and did a circle over my head. my new canon EOS 550 D with a 55 to 250mm lens came in handy as I took a few shots. I had taken a few shots of…

Apr 2nd by Ian under Bird Watching

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Inspired by Ladys return to Loch of the Lowes, I set out on the 2/4/11 to visit my local nest. On the 3/4/10 both birds had returned. My expectant telescope viewed no birds and the "lawn" on the nest was as I had seen it last week. So not too dismayed as the wind had been not favourable for migration I went to the estuary hoping to spot a perched Osprey. Gulls, swans and teal, Oh and the usual shelduck. Half an hour passed and I moved nearer the Osprey nest and from eye sight saw a white blob, the…

Apr 2nd by Ian under Bird Watching

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While on a business trip to the Shetlands on my own, I had a hopeful itinerary which did not transpire leaving me some time to explore. Explore both where we have to set up to build the infrastructure for the new gas plant and parts of the island more remote than I previously seen. That was the insides of hotels and restaurants ! I knew that Shetland had a major portion of the Scottish breeding red throated divers, but I did not expect to see them on lochs from the road, two separate lochs, two separate birds!! fantastic. Not sure…
Behind our offices is waste land. Not covered in waste, just not fully usable by humans. It has an old railway and a few paths through it, I should say it is flat and boggy, not peat boggy just very wet silty clay boggy. However like much, left alone to nature land, every spare¬† square metre has nature, being a birder I have taken much delight in listening and watching whitethroats in this favourable, to them,¬† habitat. Last week as I wandered to the snack van to buy bacon rolls I heard my first chiffchaff of 2011. A few days…
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