Friday, 30 January 2015

Attempt at in-flight photos today

Still testing and learning the new lens, today distant flying birds where I pushed the limit too far many times.

Curlew with muddy feet and beak

Redshank at Usan, underside lit by the low sun

Mute Swans, Montrose Basin

Rooks just asking to photographed, they look wise....

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Test and learning curve for my new lens, did get Waxwings at least

Trial of a new lens and using my DSLR for a change, mixed results but more of me over expecting photos at full zoom from a handheld kit weighing more than 2 kg.

Waxwings at Longforgan, I couldn't get sun side of them

Collared Dove, same light issue

1st Winter Long-tailed Duck or one of the many moults?

Red-throated Diver, City Quay. A good test for distance as it was probably 150 metres away.

A Jack-up drilling rig, Dundee

Starling taken early morning through dirty windows

One of my 12 Tree Sparrows still on my feeders

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

An Angus Tour - Backwater Dam to Montrose Basin

An early start saw me at Backwater for around 0900 where I saw Blackcock, Crossbill, Raven, Fieldfare, Buzzard, Kestrel, and Teal. Next at Lintrathen there were Whooper Swan, Teal, Wigeon, Mallard, Goldeneye, Mute Swan and Goosander. On the road to Kinnordy near Purgavie twelve Mistle Thrush were feeding in a field and on the western edge of Kinnordy four Fieldfare and two Redwing.

Kinnordy hides had the usual birds but I was surprised to see a Barn Owl in the owl box for the first time in ages, calmly surveying its domain.

I moved on to Glen Lethnot where I saw a Red Kite at Burnfoot and maybe bird of the day a Hooded Crow at Blairno. Further up the glen were a few Red Grouse and two Buzzards but no more Kites or Ravens which I'd expected.

Finally a quick visit to Montrose Basin to see the Little Egret and as I took a video in the gloom a Kingfisher flew through the scene!!

Apologies for the rough and ready photos but everything was distant or the light or the bird had gone.

Fieldfare near Kinnordy

Kestrel in Glen Lethnot

Little Egret Montrose Basin

Red-legged Partridge Kinnaird sheltering from the wind

Monday, 26 January 2015

A Brambling at last (actually at least three)

Bramblings feeding on beech mast at Monikie today and the photo below was the best I could get. We did see the Kingfisher twice though and Olive found it on her own for the first time.

Youtube link to Brambling

Brambling, a wee bit burnt out!

A bit easier getting this one