Saturday, 14 March 2015

Monikie and Forfar Loch, Ducks and Grebes

I'd seen what I'd thought was a 1st winter Scaup Drake at Monikie on Thursday in terrible conditions and went back on Friday to get a photo and confirm my ID. Also around were 5 Pochard Drakes and a Pochard Duck. Later at Forfar Loch the Great Crested Grebe numbers had reached 7 birds and one pair briefly were displaying and there are now 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Videos of the birds below are on the side-bar to the right via YouTube.

Scaup drake, 1st winter

Pochard duck, was with 5 drakes at Monikie

Goldeneye, Monikie

Wigeon drake, Monikie

Great Crested Grebe, Forfar Loch

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Harlequin Drake and Iceland Gull

Another trip to the River Don at Seaton Park to see the evolving plumage of the Harlequin Drake, slowly but surely developing its adult breeding plumage. Although I didn't get a photo of the bird out of the water it apparently now has the red marking and the grey I could see is becoming more pronounced. While searching the river for the Harlequin the juvenile Iceland Gull below flew through my binoculars view and I even got some photos of that, albeit into the strong sun hence the flaring on its back.

Elsewhere on our way to Aberdeen just two miles from Arbroath a Green Sandpiper was briefly in a stubble field puddle before a big noisy tractor spooked it. I doubt I'd have got close enough for a photo and was watching the bird from a distance through my scope.

Iceland Gull (juvenile)

Wrong camera settings when it took off

Dolphins at Girdle Ness but too far offshore

An attempt at a reflection shot but too dark and distant