Saturday, 30 October 2010
Ooooooo that feels good!
Adult and Juv Whooper Swans
Colour ring B6U
A lingering party of Whooper swans, 9 Adults and 3 Juvs not far from Auldearn in Moray. New way to digiscope used today, because of the really strong winds I ditched the tripod and worked off the roof of the car with a beanie bag, works extremely well and can see me using this method more often! Ringed bird B6U was nice to see as well, will post details of ringing when I get them back.
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Waxwing showing red "wax" on wings
Bad hair day Waxwing
Another superb day, 6 waxwings at Lochindorb along with two drake Long tailed ducks on the loch! Findhorn valley 5 Raven and about 300 Fieldfares in field just across from end car park.
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Long tailed Duck
A beautiful day weather wise, not at all the forecast which was for heavy rain and gales! The sea had a magical quality it seemed thick and oily and gave a brilliant back drop to some digiscoping. No sign of the King Eider however the majority of birds where far out in Burghead bay.
Monday, 25 October 2010
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
A cold and bright Autumn day up here, with the first snow of the season! Nice drive over Dava moor under a beautiful blue sky and on to the Findhorn Valley. Highlights of trip were 5 Raven up near Coigafearn at the end of the driveable road and a photogenic Dipper. Met a nice couple from East Yorkshire whilst watching the Raven so if you read this I hope you saw the Dolphins!!
Monday, 18 October 2010
Bar Tailed GodwitHorrendous weather up here in Moray, and scuppered the plan for getting the King Eider, however the day wasn't wasted and a general birdwatching day in the area was a complete success and thoroughly enjoyed by the client.
Saturday, 16 October 2010
A glorious day weather wise here in Moray and a morning well spent in the woods. Arriving at the usual parking area the Crossbills were still in the area, feeding high in the tree's with a suspected Crested Tit calling nearby, quite unusual for this site. Walking up a forest track a female Capercallie came off some nearby trees and made a quick get a way. A frustratingly brief view but better than none at all. Returning to the car a mixed tit flock was in the vicinity Coal, Great, Blue and two Cresties. Also present Goldcrest and treecreeper, jay and the Crossbills. Brilliant morning in the field.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Capercallie and Crossbill wood, minus the Caper!
The minute we got out the car the Crossbills were calling all around us, the bad light made photography impossible, however the birds showed well feeding at the top of pine trees. In total 15 birds were observed and proved to be highly mobile making appearances for most of the morning. The first Redwings of the season arrived in force at about 10:00 with a flock of about 40 pitching in to the trees from a good height, just arrived?
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Bottle nosed Dolphins
Just a half day tour today, out to Burghead to pick up the King Eider. Bird was present in Burghead bay but not showing as well as Sunday. Nice bonus though was four bottle nose dolphins in the Moray Firth, light was shocking but got a couple of record shots. Weather stayed grey all morning but brightened up after lunch allowing a quick jaunt into local woods looking for Crossbill, got one stonking male so not a wasted trip. Off to try for Capercallie and better views of Crossbill in the morning.
Monday, 11 October 2010
King Eider (male eclipse)
A brilliant tour this weekend, making the most of the local Moray coastline.
Highlights included an eclipse drake King Eider at Burghead, hundreds of Gannets dive fishing very close to the shore at Findhorn and stunning views of Turnstone and Sandwich Terns, a late Wheatear on both Saturday and Sunday was also nice. 9 Barnacle Geese at Lossiemouth Estuary with one un-identified coffee colour goose for company.
Strangest bird of weekend was a full plumaged drake Mandarin Duck in flypast with flock of Eider at Burghead!