Saturday, 28 October 2017

Late October, a focus on wildfowl

Some from a few trips around Angus this week and in chronological order, starting at Lintrathen where the golden late afternoon light was great, a Blackbird in the shade in a puddle and the long staying Black-tailed Godwit which continues to favour the area of the Old Harbour at the Lurgies.
Not sure if my favourite below is the Goldcrest or the Long-tailed Tit, both difficult to get.

A 15 year old's view and blog, "Wilde About Birds", click here



I think these Pink-footed Geese at Lintrathen were spooked by a tractor but the Canada Geese held their nerve and sat tight. The great light allowed this photo to be taken from the elevated hide across the width of the loch


Pink-footed Geese


One at least eight Magpies around Forfar Loch, this one was attracted to seed placed on a bin by a benevolent person who seems to put out small amounts of food around the loch on a daily basis


Murton Nature Reserve where the water level in both of the larger ponds has increased recently and the back pond had a few more ducks but nothing unusual (SX60)


Still six Barnacle Geese on the shingle at Balgavies


While looking on the Tayock Burn for a Kingfisher, one flew down the burn and into cover, then I noticed the Sparrowhawk above being harried as usual by corvids


Goldcrest at Tayock which was sharing a bush with some Long-tailed Tits


This Long-tailed Tit obliged and stayed still for more than a few seconds and thankfully it wasn't in a mess of cover for a change


One of three Buzzards flying together which flushed most of the birds on the mud at Tayock including a flock of around 400-500 Golden Plover which had just flown in after two groups joined high over the basin


Some of the two larger flocks, photo from the Tayock Hide, birds in front of the caravans!


Blackbird


Blue Tit


This Ruff, assuming it's the same one, has been around the basin and Lurgies for about a month now


Again the low sunlight in the late afternoon is making for decent photos. Only minutes after this one was taken the sun dipped too low to light the Old Harbour and this Redshank


Redshank


Its taken a long time for this Black-tailed Godwit to start developing its winter plumage but you'll see the grey feathers are now showing


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