Saturday, 6 December 2014

Fancy some Greetings Cards?






JUST CLICK ON THE CARD ABOVE FOR A CLOSER VIEW OF ALL THE CARDS.

Fancy some Greetings Cards photographed and made in Nairn?  Most the photos shown on this blog (and at www.seamusmcardle.co.uk or direct link http://seamusmcardle.co.uk/page24.html ) have been hand-made into greetings cards with a real professional feel and look.  All cards are blank inside and have an individual description on the reverse describing where the photograph was taken and a little snippet of information about the bird.
A small selection of cards available are shown below, but almost any photograph on the blog / website can be turned into a Greetings Card on request.

They can be purchased direct from me via the blog, or via the above website, for £2.25 each or five for £10.  All come in individual polybags and with an envelope.  A large selection are available at the Woolshop on the Brae, the Flower Shop on the High Street.  Some can also be seen in the Little Bookshop and at Broadley Green Garden Centre, at slightly higher prices.

Cards come as A5 folded to A6 (114mm x 148mm).  Other formats are also available, particularly small mounted 'Tiny Cards'.  These are on sale for £2.

Here are a selection of the A5 folded to A6 cards.














Friday, 5 December 2014

Knot in flight

The Knot were a wee bit closer to land late yesterday afternoon and posed for a few photos.  And I was very cold!



Sunday, 30 November 2014

Flock of Knot visit Nairn again

My goodness - is it really nearly three months since my last posting!  And with so much going on out there you'd have thought I would had overloaded the blog!  Time........

Anyway, anybody walking the East Beach or the harbour could've failed to have seen the 1,500 - 2,000 little waders sitting in a huddle on the sand bars and shuffling along further in-land as the tide comes in.  This is a familiar sight on our beach at this time of year as the wintering waders choose Nairn to hang around in until it's time to head north again in the spring.

The ones that are here at the moment are Knot.  Here's a couple of pics.
Two groups of Knot, with the smaller group at the front among the gulls.  There is also a Sanderling and a Turnstone.
A wider angled view to see they have split into three groups, all in view from the east wall.
Below is a better pic from last year, showing them in flight.  They perform wonderful displays, starling like, as they swoosh from beach to beach, flashing their bright underparts against the low sun in unison.  One of Nairn's great wildlife shows.


The best time to see them is as the tide is coming in.

Also around are a few Sanderlings v(as well as the usual Turnstones and Redshanks and a few Widgeon).  The Sanderlings (small and predominantly white waders) run along the tide line, back and forward, apparently scared of getting their feet wet!

The Sanderling are the small birds out from the flock at the front of the photo.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Migrating waders on passage at the pig farm.

I've been quiet for a while, which is more that I can say for our local Robin which has been singing for a few weeks - at all hours of the morning! The Robin is often the first bird to sing to welcome in the autumn, and it is certainly singing this year!

This is a great time of year for spotting waders on passage to their wintering home.  Lossie Estuary and beach are great places to sit and watch as the divers and skuas and godwits and knots and dunlin etc.fly by.  Some come into the estuary for a feed.

Luckily, some of the migrants have popped into the mud pool at Wester Delnies pig farm, and are very easy to see from the road (be careful though, its a very fast road!).

Here are a few photos.

Curlew Sandpiper


Two male Black Tailed Godwit - still showing some summer plumage.

Two more Black Tailed Godwit
Little Stint

From the left: Ringed Plover; Ruff; two Curlew Sandpiper.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Flycatchers in the Cycle Helmet: Part Four - The Chicks.

I sat for ages trying to photograph the chicks in the cycle helmet, hoping the parents would come and pose for dinner.  Here you'll see how they just waited patiently for me to leave them alone so they could feed away.....

One of the parents biding its time.

Hungry chicks



And then I looked behind me....!

And guess what a Spotted Flycatcher eats for dinner - click on the pic for a closer look.

Come on, move along and let me feed the kids!


Sunday, 13 July 2014

Flycatcher Part Three!

Here's another installment from the Flycatcher out at the Hidden Glen in Laikenbuie, down the Grantown Road.  The sunshine makes all the difference.


Sunday, 6 July 2014

Flycatcher in Nest

No sooner had we seen our first Spotted Flycatcher of the year (see previous post), now we see them every time we go out! Here's a few pics of one in the Hidden Glen, a fantastic 'get away from it all' croft a few miles down the Grantown Road.  There are lovely self-catering chalets too, so if you have any visitors planning a visit......, try www.hiddenglen.co.uk/

The beauty of this Flycatcher though was that it nested inside a cycle crash helmet!  Three were hanging in the bike shed, and the bird decided to settle in the only one that was in use!  No cycling for a few weeks then.

I sat still for ages as she checked me out to ensure I wasn't a threat, then eventually she approached and entered the nest and sat staring at me as I took these photos.


One final look.
And now she settles down to keep an eye on me.



Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Butterflies and a Flycatcher on the Caledonian Canal

In just a f few days in Fort Augustus we experienced warm, cold, wet, dry and sunny weather!

Monday was a rather dull but humid day.  We did a long 10 mile hike to Aberchalder on the tow path between the canal and the River Oich.  Butterflies and birds everywhere.  The birds we could identify, but the butterflies.......

Here's the pics - if anyone out there knows what they are, please leave a comment to educate me!

This one opened it's wings below and showed us the colour

And then this one fluttered by.  (Behind an infuriating bit of grass!)
Two miles from the end of this walk the heavens opened and we were absolutely soaked!  I protected my camera and binoculars under my coat, but I was wet through!  But I had to call into the Bothy Bar at the locks for a pint of Loch Ness's best real ale!

On Tuesday morning, just as we were leaving the campsite, I noticed this Spotted Flycatcher.  Guess what it was doing?

Spotted Flycatcher perching on post
Getting ready to fly
Diving for its prey
Swooping
And eating its reward!
All a bit un-sharp, but the photos captured the moment!

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Lochindorb

We had a lovely day at our favourite place in the country at the weekend (although it is getting a bit busy!)

Here are a few birds we saw on the day.

Willow Warbler
 We really struggled with this one!  Our instinct was that it was a Willow Warbler - but it is a very pale version.  If it had sung it would have been confirmed - but it stayed quite.  But, once we checked the photos on the computer we confirmed it as a Willow Warbler.  In general they are still singing, but not in so many numbers now.  In my experience these will soon go quite; around the end of June.
Common Sandpiper

Every summer the Common Sandpiper visits Lochindorb.  It's presence is signaled by a very familiar, high pitched call.  Always check the shoreline for one, or at most two (paired) birds.  Their flight is low over the water with very quick wing beats.
Common Sandpiper

Oyster Catcher



Friday, 16 May 2014

Flitting

I didn't have the heart to prevent this mouse from flitting from one end of the garden to the other once it was disturbed!  The mother risked her life six times to move her babies away from a rampant gardener, whilst gambling that the man with the camera was harmless!  I know I'll regret it if the family make their way into the house, but who am I to get in the way of nature.  (Now if it was a rat, I would have.........!).  On the other hand, I'd love to see a bird or prey visit the garden for a snack!

Mother at her nest

Heading toward the new home, passing the strawberries.