Thursday, 24 July 2014

The wrong day?

A trip to Lunga was good in some respects and bad in others. Maybe I was there on the wrong day! The Shags provided good opportunities for photos and they seemed to have plenty of nests with youngsters.
The Puffins performed for the crowds which always puts a smile on your face but I saw very few birds bringing fish to the burrows.
The Kittiwakes appeared to have done well with most of the nests having two chicks and the rest just a single youngster.
Guillemots didn't seem to be doing very well either despite there being plenty of birds...
...with the bridled variety looking particularly dapper.
I only spotted a few chicks in the seething throng.
There was no sign of any Razorbill youngsters but there were plenty of adults around but I never saw any of these birds with a fish either.
Some of the Puffins were still digging burrows!
A few Arctic Tern were seen among the more numerous Common Terns while the Great Skuas patrolled the skies.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Chicks

It's the middle of July and the photographs have dried up - more a case of not getting the chance to point the camera as the guests always come first. All the regular stuff is showing as it should but the exciting thing for me is the return of the wading birds at this time of year. The Redshank, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher and Curlew have had good breeding seasons. The Greenshank are starting to appear in reasonable numbers.
Golden Plover numbers are coming up nicely with about 50 birds out there with plenty of youngsters in there too. A few Dunlin have appeared and again there is youngsters there too. A superb sighting just outside the shop was a female RB Merg with 16 chicks! The chicks appear to be two different sizes so it's probably a creche but who knows...part of the flock of youngsters - notice the larger chicks at the back.
They don't take any looking after either as they have to catch their own fish.
This WT Eagle pays us a visit every day at the moment - nice to see.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Balance

The weather for this tour was particularly unpleasant but you just have to plough on. There was a bit of a struggle to see the WT Eagle youngster at the nest so we moved on from there with a promise to return later in the day. We watched a Cormorant attempting to swallow an Eel. It got there in the end but it's interesting to watch the fish try to escape after the Cormorant has closed the escape hatch! There are still quite a few Golden Plover around, Greenshank numbers can be different every day ( we saw one on this trip), and it was nice to see a fully fledged juvenile Curlew hiding in the sedge.
We were looking for somewhere to have lunch and to look for Otters when I had a hunch that we should look in another area first. We were just about to leave that area when two Otters appeared.
They were quite nervous, keeping a careful eye on all the traffic that went past, but they were fairly relaxed as we kept our distance.
The rest of the afternoon was just as exciting as we got good views of Skylark, Lapwing, Raven, Ringed Plover and a couple of Snipe. The top sighting of the day had to be the Mole that we rescued from the middle of the road! A return to the WT Eagle site was a real bonus from the day as we got good views of Sparrowhawk, two Golden Eagle and one of the adult WT Eagles.
After the balancing act, above, the bird finally settled down to give superb views. What a  finish to a miserable day!