Thursday, 7 August 2014

Summer catch up

Just a few photographs from the last few weeks covering what has been a busy time doing survey work.  Sadly we haven't had a lot of spare time for leisure birding.

We did manage a weekend in North Wales at the Tern Colony on Anglesey at Cemlyn and The Little Tern Colony at Gronant.  Also a few visits to the New RSPB reserve Burton Mere Wetlands on the Wirral (this is the former Inner Marsh Farm site).  The RSPB have done a great job with the site and you could comfortable spend a whole afternoon there. 


 Speckled Wood

 Buzzard

 Buzzard

 Gatekeeper

 Little Grebe with chicks

 Reed Warbler

 Little Egret now a common site at Burton Mere RSPB

 Black tailed Godwit

 Common Whitethroat

 Swallows

 Sandwich Tern

 Sandwich Tern

 Oystercatcher

 Common Blue

 Little Tern

 Little Tern

Great black-backed Gull 

 Common Blue

 Dark Green Fritillary

 Dark Green Fritillary

 Dark Green Fritillary

 Dark Green Fritillary

Meadow Pipit

Saturday, 26 April 2014

OFFICIAL TOUR DAY 1

We began today at 5am with a visit to the RSPB Capercaillie watch at Loch Garten. Unfortunately thick fog was against us and despite persevering for an hour and a half, visibility was always less than the distance to the "forward" hide (c50m) Although our quarry species alluded us, we were rewarded with excellent view of the smart male Redstart pictured below, which sang throughout our time in the hide whist the female remained within the nest box. Further to this, Red Squirrel and Siskin flocks offered a further distraction from the distinct lack of Capers. I would love to give you an update as to how the Osprey is doing....but we couldn't see it!!!!

Redstart
Having made a decision that the fog was going to hang all morning, we moved on to Loch Mallachie. Spending approximetley an hour walking the loop trial, we finally heard our first Crested Tits, located on the Loch side. Here we also recorded Redstart, Goldrest, Treecreeper, Crossbill sp x 2, Goldeneye and Common Sandpiper.

Having briefly stopped back at the hotel for refreshments, we continued on toward Cairngorm Mountain, calling in at "the second" Osprey nest, seeing the female proudly sat on her nest, now we were having to compete with heat haze!!


Above 2 images: Snow Bunting

The majority of the afternoon was then spent birding the Cairngorm area recording of note Snow Bunting (above) and a stunning pair of Ptarmigan (below). Click on any of the images to enlarge and remember book for our 2015 at 2014 prices, limited time only!




Above 4 images: Ptarmigan

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Highlands Tour Day 2

Well, after a very long day, there is not going to be a lot of text for you to perusal this evening, however a more wordy update will be available tomorrow, in the mean time I hope you enjoy the images I managed to acquire throughout the course of today. All of our guests are now with us and tomorrow marks the official start of the tour, so watch this space!!


Common Gull

Redshank

Pied Wagtail



Above 3 Images: Female Red Grouse

Red Grouse (male)


Above 2 images: Black-throated Diver



Above 3 Images: Long-tailed Duck


Above 2 images: Eider