Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Big Ears, but no sign of Noddy

A return visit to Mains of Usan was not a success for a better Great Northern Diver photo. I couldn't find it, so instead I made do with anything and everything else around, or in reasonable range.

The video below is of two Red-breasted Mergansers in the ditch at the new Shelduck Hide where unusually I had to zoom out to keep them in the frame until they eventually saw me in the hide. The start is a bit bright but the alternative would have been a dark ending as the birds filled the shot.

Red-breasted Merganser pair, click here for HD video, (if you select 720 or 1080 in YouTube)

We don't count the nurdles on the beach at Mains of Usan but the car wheels instead! A surprise visitor seen on the beach while looking for a chance of a close up photo of the Great Northern Diver, it had gone. Later the same Brown Hare almost ran into me as I stood at the gates scanning the sea

A singing male Corn Bunting at Sandy Braes

Female Eider, without ducklings near to Scurdie Ness. It looks like many have failed to breed or keep their ducklings this year

Juvenile Pied Wagtail waiting to be fed at Usan

This adult was at Mains of Dun and had just caught a Silver Y Moth

Yellowhammer male on the farm buildings at Usan

Sedge Warbler in the reedbeds at Mains of Usan

This hen Pheasant obviously had chicks near the track to the new Shelduck Hide so I quickly moved on

I didn't rate the position of the new Shelduck Hide but with the additional of some "furniture" in front of the hide it might just work. While there a Grey Heron landed right in front of the hide, Pied Wagtails and Meadow Pipits did the same and the video linked to above was taken from the hide. Probably it won't suit the photographers but they/we are never absolutely happy!

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