Thursday, 28 August 2014

Hard to get

The final tour before a trip to Newcastle was a real raptor showcase. We started the day with all the gulls going up in a panic as a Peregrine came charging through. We got decent views of an Otter that was moving away from us and couldn't relocate it when we moved to a closer position. A couple of RT Diver were on the loch in the same location. There was no sign of the juv WT Eagle but Sparrowhawk, Whinchat, Stonechat and Hen Harrier filled the gap nicely.
An adult WT Eagle played hard to get before circling overhead.
A couple of Golden Eagle played hard to get as well but with a bit of patience we had one bird cruise over us.
We'd had another couple of Hen Harrier and nice views of a Northern Wheatear before we came across a Kestrel hunting. By the time the camera was out it had settled on a post.
A couple of Curlew were resting up and preening quite close to the road.
A Black-tailed Godwit was a nice find as we viewed a Mountain Hare. A couple of Adders showed well as they sheltered from a stiff breeze.
We came across another Whinchat that posed for us on the fence - superb!
We paid another visit to see the juv WT Eagle and managed to find it this time. As we stood watching one of the adult bird came flying in with food and, for once, it was a case of 'right place, right time'.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Normal

I had a couple of days off so I just managed a quick visit round to see the WT Eagles. Sunbathing was the order of the day...
...with the youngster watching on.
Back on tour we had a busy morning starting off with an Otter. The young WT Eagle was showing well but we got both the adults flying around at another location...
...while we were watching a Golden Eagle. There are plenty of Buzzards to keep you on your toes.
Plenty of other stuff to see as we moved around - Slow Worm, Red Deer, seals, loads of Meadow Pipit, Common Whitethroat and Northern Wheatear.
A couple of Mountain Hares were seen just before we had a look at the Adders - cracking views as usual.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Dicing with death

A quick look through the gulls that were plundering the sprats revealed nothing more exciting than this Black-headed Gull.
When all the gulls rose into the air it was fairly obvious what was going to fly by - a WT Eagle. A Common Buzzard wasn't impressed with the larger bird flying through it's territory so it had a real go at it!
The usual suspects were seen on the tour but the highlights were the three Goosanders...
...and the funky looking family of Red-breasted Mergansers.
The Stonechats have had a good breeding season this year with some of the pairs getting off 3 broods. The adult male is really nice to see.
The Adders are sticking to the sheltered spots and they can move off quickly but with a bit of patience they soon come creeping back out into the open.