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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