Tuesday, 31 March 2020

A cathode day - look it up and learn something


Obviously I'm under restrictions, but because I know the land around here well, the access points, paths and popular places, so far I'm almost avoiding seeing other people. To be honest, that's nothing new, when bird-watching and more so when a camera is present it's not useful to have people (dogs) around scaring the wildlife. Ask Olive, who is subject to what she thinks are arbitrary rules on where to walk, which side, how slow or fast, and the pink jacket! Sounds paranoid, but just imagine sitting for an hour waiting for the Avocet you're stalking to wander over to where you're hiding and someone from nowhere says, "seeing anything interesting".......Avocet flies away

Still trying to ID the fox in the video as last years vixen, failed so far.

Grey Wagtail, click here for video

Pintail drake / Mallard hybrid, click here for video

Fox in my garden on camera trap, click here for video 



Fulmars on my alternative exercise route, it's a good route where it's rare to see anyone and especially now I've found an inaccessible hide out


Gorse


Kittiwake





The Needle's E'e


Life on the edge, the cliff edge. Rock Pipit


Scurvy Grass


Shag at 90 metres, measured on Google Maps





Grey Wagtail, a bird that's been around all winter


Lesser Black-backed Gull


I believe both birds are Pintail/Mallard hybrids





The white marking on its neck is growing in brown, the shadow of a Mallard bib still shows in the bright sun and the legs are yellow. The video above clearly shows the green of a Mallard on its head. Other than that it looks very Pintail and attracts a lot of attention


Pinned on a fence


I thought the frogs had completed spawning but they're still at it



Sunday, 29 March 2020

Yellowhammer



The frogs ardour has subsided, all of the females must have mated, today's interest and briefly was a Yellowhammer. Three are visiting daily but the feral pigeons spook themselves and everything else frequently, I may have to eat them if my Red Cross Parcel doesn't turn today.

Yellowhammer in my garden, click here for video

In isolation like the rest of society, click here for video

In a bit of shaded cotoneaster


Saturday, 28 March 2020

"Red Doggie" for Tiffin


There won't be any photos, or rants from Saturday as I'm waiting delivery of a Red Cross Parcel. So here's a few from Friday, again taken while on my current exercise route at West Links in Arbroath. 

Below a video of a Cormorant with a rockling, there are three species, shore, three bearded and five bearded, I can't tell which but I'll try and grab a frame from the video. I used catch them on the rocks when I was primary school age, we knew them as Red Doggies!

Cormorant with a Bearded Rockling, click here for video


Cormorant, one of two fishing in front of the paddling pool at West Links. It had just caught a small flounder and was manipulating it to swallow


Flounder shape in it's throat


Strangely elegant!


These two were on the breakwater at Inchcape Park, look to be married.....


Who would have thought that a sea bird which dives for its food wouldn't be waterproof and have to drip dry



3rd winter Great Black-backed Gull. There were 17 at different ages on the breakwater


Comparison between 1st winter Herring Gull and 1st winter Great Black-backed Gull


Most of the Oystercatchers have gone leaving mostly 1st year birds, I'd photographed this one which was unusually brown and only had one pale grey leg


A Rock Pipit which stood out compared to others, mainly the white tail feather which is a feature of a Water Pipit. I don't think anything else matches that though, perhaps they can interbreed or it's just an aberration


Stonechat female which was with a male at Elliot Mouth