Sunday, 9 July 2017

A Day at Laikenbuie

This is a beautiful glen just five miles south of Nairn, full of birds; over 100 species have been recorded there.  Today I took a few pics of a pair of spotted flycatchers.  (The common sandpiper was at Lochindorb.)









Thursday, 6 July 2017

Nairn Birder 2018 Calendar now available.

New 2018 Calendar with envelope is now available. All photos taken around Nairn, with a couple on Mull. Under each photo there are descriptions of where the photo was taken and a little detail about the bird. And all this for only £9.99 from all the good outlets in Nairn! Crafty Wee Birdie; Wollshop on the Brae; The Little Bookshop; The Flower Shop and Strachan's. Alternatively it can be bought direct from me for a little less, by sending me a comment below, or via my website. Individual Greetings Cards also available. www.seamusmcardle.co.uk
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Monday, 26 June 2017

Lochindorb in Flight

A few photos to practise photographing birds in flight and to show how ordinary birds can be interesting photographically!  (Pretentious? I know!).  Here's a few from Lochindorb this week. A common gull; a (beady eyed) black headed gull - oh, and a lapwing in a field and a mallard chick not in flight, but nice to see!

Black headed gull

Common gull

Common gull

Mallard chick

Lapwing

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Mull

From White Tailed Sea Eagles, to Lapwings running for protection under the mothers wing: Mull is a wonderful place!  We watched them attacking a family of Greylag geese whilst the Lapwings ran for cover.  Fantastic.







Saturday, 6 May 2017

Wrens along the river

A lovely walk along the river this morning and I've at last caught a wren on film!  It's such a small bird that flits all over the place, it's proved pretty much impossible to get the photo.  Today they were singing all along the river so I just sat still and observed until I noticed one making a nest - and managed to get a few acceptable photos.  Also pictured is a treecreeper on a near-bye tree, and flying to catch a fly.









Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Spring has arrived - and so has the willow warbler.

The beautiful weather has got me out with my binoculars and camera again - that's not to say I haven't always got them with me! But a walk along the river and the Links resulted in a few nice snaps.

The first two are of a migrating bird that arrived a few weeks ago and has filled the air with its lovely cascading song ever since: the willow warbler. This one was photographed on top of a gorse bush at the Links (and it looks like a fly is on the end of its bill!). Behind it Kate spotted a common sandpiper running along the beach - and thankfully it avoided the tin can. Just up the river was a resting blackbird and a posing pied wagtail.
Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler
Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper
Blackie

Pied Wagtail

Saturday, 25 March 2017

A Walk in the Sunshine!

Spring has well and truly sprung today - what a beauty!  Here's a few pics from a walk along the river.


Male Goosander

Redshank

Oyster Catcher

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Bullfinches

Here's a nice pair of visitors to the garden this morning. Bullfinches feeding on the dead leaves from the dogwood.




Friday, 10 February 2017

Brent Geese at the Links Cricket Pitch

Up to 80 Pale Bellied Brent Geese winter in Nairn every year, travelling from their breeding grounds in the Norwegian Artic Archipelago, Svalbard.



For some reason this year they've chosen to feed on the cricket pitch and the football pitch at The Links.  Their usual feeding area is on the eel grasses on the shoreline around the golf course and along to the pool.  A friend has suggested that these may have been covered by the moving sands, and so the geese have been forced onto the pitches to feed on the grass.


 
Hopefully they will not be put off returning to Nairn, and we see them back on the beach next year, where they have been a regular source of interest for bird watchers in the area.



Thursday, 26 January 2017

Waxwings

The waxwings are still popping up here and there.  Here's three from the garen this morning.