Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Gorse

 I love it when the gorse is in full bloom, the brilliant yellow set against the blue skies, and lovely aroma of coconut! But when the birds perch atop them and sing their hearts out, my camera nearly starts clicking on its own! These photos were taken when just along the firth, at Whiteness on Sunday.




Thursday, 24 June 2021

Stonechat

 I oh so nearly snapped a good photo!  But for the flower......  Still, lovely to see the stonechar feeding its young.



Monday, 21 June 2021

A wet, dull Sunday afternoon!

 A couple of shots from a very wet and dull Sunday afternoon out, just west of Carrbridge!  The curlew was guarding its patch, whilst the buzzard was sheltering form the rain - and failing!





Monday, 12 April 2021

And yet more Dippers

 They really are showing well this year on the River Nairn, nice and close to the path for us all to enjoy.









Saturday, 10 April 2021

Dipper on River Nairn

 I love watching the dipper!  This one was having a ball in the Auldearn burn as it entered the River Nairn.  It's been around most days as I wondered along the river.



Thursday, 1 April 2021

Treecreeper along the River Nairn

A lovely walk today in the sunshine along the River Nairn path with Kate, Mike and Susie.  It's always exciting when a treecreeper flies past and lands on a tree right next to you - but when it poses in the sunshine for a photo!  Another good day on the River Nairn path.




Goosander on the River Nairn

These beauties are showing really well this year.  These were on the banks of the River Nairn this afternoon.








Monday, 15 March 2021

River Nairn stroll.

The things you see when wandering alongside the River Nairn!  A blackie creeping up on a robin, and a long-tailed tit flying straight toward the camera just as I clicked!  What a great place to live in!



 

Sunday, 7 March 2021

Hungry Visiors to the Garden

I know some people dislike sparrowhawks for taking the small birds in the garden - but they are spectacular birds and they are doing the natural thing!  Feeding themselves and their young.  (Whereas cats on the other hand.......🙈🐥).  This female caused a rucous in the garden among the crows and gulls, and then fed on its prize.  It returned the following day to the smae spot for another snack.




Thursday, 4 March 2021

Wintering Redshanks

The photos show redshanks at Nairn harbour, along wth some turnstones in the final pic. We get lots of wintering redshanks around the harbour and mouth of the River Nairn. They breed in the countryside and come back to the coast in the autumn. Many of the redshanks in Scotland tracvel here from Iceland in the winter, before heading back there to breed. The wintering turnstones are likely to breed in Greenland and Canada, and the ones we see here in the summer are either non-breeders or passage migrands (July and August) from northern Europe.