Monday, 26 September 2016

An Afternoon at Burghead

A few photos from my afternoon at Burghead yesterday. The birds in the first photo are Eider Ducks; all the other birds are cormorants. Look how prehistoric the last one looks!
Eider Ducks

Cormorant

Cormorant

Prehistoric Cormorant!


Cormorants


Thursday, 15 September 2016

An afternoon at Lossiemouth Estuary

A few pics from an afternoon at Lossie.  They show what a bird has to go through to hold on to its food.  This goosander was being harassed by gulls a crows as it desperately tried to swallow a fish that was not designed to go down a ducks neck!  It managed to swallow it eventually.

I was taught a big lesson photographing this one.  I had just taken a few landscape shots along the estuary and had set a very slow shutter speed to increase the depth of field - and then the goosander flew in to range.  So I quickly swapped lenses and started taking photos of it struggling with the gulls - but I didn't change the shutter speed!  There I was thinking I had lots of great action shots - but all I got was blur!  I have posted one of the pics at the end, as it shows the mayhem that was going on in the water.  I actually quite like the effect of the blur - so maybe I should say I did it deliberately!

Gull fighting with goosander for food






Goosander walks away victorious

And here's the blurred one.  The goosander's under water!

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Siskins on the Isle of Mull

We're just back from a week on Mull and identified nearly 70 different species of birds, from golden eagles and white-tailed sea eagles to siskins and oyster cattcher chicks.  We were amased at the great aerobatic displays from the siskins as you can see from the photos below.  They flew upside down and on top of each other, and were fighting for space on the seed feeder that was hanging in the tree in the forrest.













Sunday, 5 June 2016

A day out at Lossie - Skylarks (and Red Arrows and Typhoons!)

We left sunny Nairn behind and ended up at cloudy and dull Lossie.  But the entertainment was anything but dull!  This skylark was singing its heart out as it protected its nest near the airfield as the Red Arrows and a Typhoon dispalyed overhead.  Spectacular!








Thursday, 2 June 2016

Sparrowhawks

It's lunchtime, I'm filling the kettle and I notice the birds in the garden being very hyperactive.  So I look around for the reason - and find this beauty on the wall having its lunch!  People seem to love or hate them - I love them.  It's part of nature, and it's great to see it in your own back garden.



Monday, 30 May 2016

Common Sandpipers

Comon Sandpipers are sumer visitors to Nairnshire.  They are solitary birds and are identifiable by their sharp 'pipping' call.  They fly low over water with very quick wing-beats and sit on rocks at the shore, often wagging their tail.  They are regular visitors to Lochindorb and can be seen from the roadside quite easily.  Here's one from Sunday.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Family of Thrushes

We had five song thrushes in the garden this afternoon!  I've been trying desperately to capture the parents feeding the young......keep trying!





Friday, 20 May 2016

Noisy Song Thrush!

4:00am every morning this Song Thrush has been singing from the roof tops!  Here it's having a dabble around the garden.  You can't knock it though, it is a lovely birdie!






Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Yellowhammers

A quick pop to the golf course and then my back garden to get a few pics of the very active Sand Martins and a couple of Yellow hammers and a Song Thrush in full song.


I was so busy trying to get a focused shot of the Yellowhammer that I didn't realise the other one was also in frame!
And these Sand Martins just don't stop catching and feeding.
This thrush has been waking us up in the early hours of every morning!



Monday, 18 April 2016

Red Breasted Merganser



This male Red Breasted Merganser was having a wash and a good preen on the river bank yesterday.  You can usually see a pair on the river this time of year, but there was no sign of the female yesterday.  Maybe this particular one isn't going to breed this year?