Archive for April, 2013

I'm afraid my 'passing interest' in Bird Photography has developed into a real passion. ¬†I'm not sure how or why it happened. ¬†I just love photographing birds of any kind, common or rare, woodland or water, at home or abroad. ¬†I can never wait to get the images home and review them, sometimes spending hours trying to identify the species. ¬†Am I a Bird Watcher? ¬†I don't think so, but what if I am, I like it and I'm proud of it, hahahaha. One of my favourite locations near home to practice the 'art' is Linlithgow Loch. ¬†Although the main…

Apr 17th by Ian under Bird Watching

I saw my first swallow, several actually, ¬†hawking over an area we had stored timber from site clearance work at Kingskerswell in Sth Devon. On the Devon birdwatching report they have been around the coast for about a week. the property owner said they returned on saturday the 14th and were reccying out the shed they normally use. Maybe get Cirl Bunting and water rail at Hackney marsh in Devon this weekend. Heard a water rail but never seen one.…

Apr 7th by davidleask under Bird Watching

Tags: Nae tags again!

First post in a long while. ¬†Forgive me if I make a hash of it! My wife and I took a run to Caerlaverock Wetland Centre on Sunday 17 February 2013. ¬†The weather was terrific, particularly for the time of year. ¬†Warm sunshine all day, just lovely. ¬†It was our first visit to Caerlaverock and we thoroughly enjoyed it. ¬†We should have made the trip long before we did. ¬†There was plenty bird activity in and around the Whooper Pond. ¬†We arrived in time for the 11am feeding of the swans - what a blast that is! There was not…
5th April and an Osprey at the eyrie, the female from the amount of brown across the chest. Doing nothing, waiting. The grass mound in the eyrie untouched, is she waiting for the male and bonding before "excavating" the nest cup of it's grass dome? went on harrier watch and saw no harriers, that's normal. 6th April no Osprey at the eyrie, that's because two of them were on a navigation pole in the river, paired up, the male looks much smaller than last years, surely will get to see his legs for rings later, if in fact he is…
Had a travel fiesta this week to Shetlands where our UKAS lab was having its annual appraisal, as the UKAS technical manager for the company it was a good excuse to travel. My car being 500miles away in Devon¬† I was going to travel by bus (with my pass) and stay overnight in Aberdeen (the district of) and catch the flight to Sumburgh in the morning. Too complicated. I used the train to get to Dyce by 9.00am, a taxi to the airport to check in by 9.15, fly to Sumburgh, bus to the Sella Ness camp…
Still no Osprey, just a contented preening buzzard perched on the male Osprey's¬† out of faeces range branch. I knew then no territorial Osprey was around as the buzzard would have got short shrift. But the estuary was a different matter with the tide in I counted 24 gooseanders, many shelduck and teal, herons, some sentinel by the nest a few sitting in the cup. The prize sighting was a male marsh harrier in splendid plumage with (I think ) no wing tags, seemed to know the territory and I had a good ten minutes watching him hunt the far…
1/4/13 spurred by the news that Lady had returned to Loch of the Lowes and another¬† female had got there before her, I had to go see if my pair had returned. One look at the grassy mound that was the nest cup told the story, I did search the air and trees nearby but no Osprey to be seen. The tide was out and very low and trees usually submerged were available for Osprey perches, nae luck, however plenty of cormorants, sheldduck, a few teal, gooseander, oyster catchers a pair copulating no less. weather was cold in the slight…
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