Friday, 21 August 2015

Rained off at St Cyrus

Two from St Cyrus one of which caused me some ID confusion and I learned not to use a photo alone for identity especially ones which aren't a natural pose and of a juvenile bird in moult.

Kestrel, photographed when directly overhead

Knot, Boddin

Linnet juvenile in moult

Murton Nature Reserve in a brief sunny period on Thursday

The first photos are from Murton and from the Bank Vole onwards are from Montreathmont. I couldn't find any Black Darters at Murton but the sun was only out for a wee while so a return visit soon.

A short video of one of the Common Darters just finishing eating a small fly is on my YouTube feed along with others, click here.

Emerald Damselflies mating at Murton

Emerald male

Common Darter Dragonfly, male

Immature male Common Darter

Cinnabar Moth caterplillar

Waiting ID for the flower and will look up the Hoverfly

Greylag Goose, Murton


Bank Vole at Montreathmont

Blue Tit

Unknown fungus growing out of Olive's trainer!!

Great Spotted Woodpecker, male

Great Tit

Poor light for this Spotted Flycatcher which appears to have a Granpa Broon moustache!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Autumn migration at Montrose Basin

It was sunny on Wednesday so I ended up spending far too much time idling around Montrose Basin but with good results as the migration is getting into full swing. Some of these were very far away but I thought it was worth posting some of the dodgy photos. I found two very small waders which I thought were Little Stints but at first I didn't "claim" them until a wiser man than me confirmed them. Also missing from the photos are Greenshank, Ruff, Snipe which were in the Slunks and two Ospreys fishing downstream of the Old Harbour.

Video of the Whimbrel being chased by a Curlew, click here

Marsh Harrier, juvenile at the Slunks

Whimbrel at the Yacht Club

It only appeared to eat the claws of the crab

Black-tailed Godwits, Yacht Club

Canada Goose, one of 200-300

Common Sandpiper at the Old Harbour

Goosander, Lurgies

Little Egret, Lurgies

Monday, 17 August 2015

Black Stork at Loch of Strathbeg

We'd thought the chance to see a Great White Egret had gone when we left for Strathbeg this morning to see the Black Stork but on the way up there a text said the Egret was there again. On arrival the Black Stork was standing about 150 metres from the centre and not worth trying for a photo but later it flew away and returned allowing for some shots and video as it flew in. The Great White Egret was very distant but obvious on the main loch and as a bonus a Spotted Redshank appeared with one of the many Greenshanks on one of the centre's pools.
By the time we left we'd also seen 6 Ruff, 11 Greenshank, 9 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Peregrines, 2 Dunlin and 21 Lapwings all in front of the centre. The Spotted Redshank video below is a bit washed out, I've no control over video exposure!

Black Stork feeding video, click here.

Black Stork flying in video, click here.

Spotted Redshank video, click here.

With cameo from Dunlin

from SX50