Friday, 10 February 2017

Pale-bellied Brent Geese, Easthaven

An early Webs count this month due to an influx of many grandkids, and upcoming weather. The count started with my first Pale-bellied Brent Geese of the year which were a challenge to photograph as were most birds today as every shot would be into the light. Also around were Grey Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Sanderling, Dunlin, Turnstone, Pied Wagtail, Rock Pipit, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Mute Swan and a large flock of Linnets with a few Meadow Pipits joining in.

Pale-bellied Brent Geese, click here for video

Pale-bellied Brent Goose

Both PBB Geese

Flushed by three Springer Spaniels

Uncommon at Easthaven and the only Purple Sandpiper I saw today

One Stonechat at Craigmill and this one at Easthaven (very high iso)

A pair of Wigeon lit up by a shaft of light from the elusive sun

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Kingfisher, but still no sunshine

The first offering below is a sketch penned by "Mr Carbo" and is his representation of the grouse shooting fraternity with reference to the fate of many of last years young Hen Harriers. Apparently ten are now "missing" and satellite tag data seems to show they were on or near grouse moors when the signals were lost. My grandson Finn has been following the progress of his names sake shown in the sketch and he can't understand why someone would shoot him!

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The Montrose Basin SWT Centre Kingfisher from the Bank of Scotland Hide. The centre opens after a refurbish on Friday 10/2/2017 and this bird is seen daily from the centre windows

It has never posed for me like this when it's sunny

Lesser Redpoll at Lintrathen Loch where the Red-necked Grebe remained till at least Monday this week but it still has avoided my attempts at a decent photo

Sunday, 5 February 2017