Friday, 14 April 2017

Loch of Kinnordy and other Angus bird sites

Raptors and Ducks mostly with other species seen around Angus at Kinnordy, Murton NR, Balgavies Loch and Montrose Basin. The Kinnordy photos were taken early in the morning when all was quiet but obviously the sun wasn't far above the horizon, it stayed pretty dull  and didn't light up the distant raptors.

Osprey white JU at Kinnordy

Red Kite giving the female Marsh Harrier a hard time

Landing in the lone pine

She sat here for two fairly long periods

This drake Shoveler was distracted by a duck and ended up close to the Gullery Hide at Kinnordy

Keeping an eye on his conquest

Early in the morning when the hide is quiet birds oblige and come close

Gadwall pair

Why the Coot got involved with the two drake Mallards attempting to mate with the poor duck I'll never know

Something almost sinister about this courtship between the two Lapwings

Shelduck drake at Montrose Basin

Shelduck duck, honest it makes sense

Eider duck

Eider drake

Back at Kinnordy, the female of a pair of Bullfinches eating new buds

The male, never far away even outside the breeding season

Goldfinch at the feeder area at Balgavies

Great Tit, Balgavies Loch

Lesser Redpoll, quite a bit of different plumage's amongst the Redpoll just now

Male Reed Bunting at Balgavies, I'm seeing these everywhere just now

Last but not least this Wren was singing in front of the car park hide at Murton where an Iceland Gull was with a small group of Herring Gulls, one ringed bird had a yellow darvic "T:54G" and has been reported

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