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


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?

Friday, 8 April 2016

Ya' wee beauty!

There I was sitting behind the bushes trying to get a clear shot of a Goosander on the river, when I heard the thin, high pitched call of a Goldcrest.  I find these one of the most difficult birds to photograph, particularly when using long lens.  It flits from twig to twig making it very hard to keep track and focus - and it's always high in the tree, so holding the camera still is a real chaellenge!  But at last, I've managed to capture it in focus - and showing its golden crest!  Also shown below is the Goosander.  Often seen on the river at this time of year as it makes its way up river to breed. (They often breed in specially placed nest boxes!).

Friday, 12 February 2016

Afternoon at the Harbour

Two posts in two days - I've got the bug again!  Here's a few picks from an hour at the harbour yesterday, without my jacket!

This looks like One Redshank was giving a piggy back to the other!
And so he's off too.
And now he's trying to squeeze in on the others Redshanks.  Notice to odd bird out? It's a solitary Knot.
And now the Redshanks have noticed him.

But they accepted him, and had a wee knap together!
And Starlings really striking birds when you look closely.  Just look at the mixture of colours and markings!

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

It's Been Far Too Long!

Hello - and sorry for taking another three months to bother you!  I was down and the harbour and spotted this Pinkfoot wandering around hunting for food.  It is injured and was unable to fly, and so now at risk from us, and from our dogs.

Over in the Links car-park, these guys were waiting to cross the road safely - the slow way!  I know what I would do if I could fly!

Also around today was a large flock of Fieldfare (and a few Redwing) between the Balblair Road and Broadley Garden Centre, in amongst hundreds of Starlings and a load of finches.  As always I really struggle to get a decent pic of Fieldfare - no idea why, they just beat me every time!

Saturday, 14 November 2015

2016 Nairn Birder Calendar for Sale!

Like birds? Love Nairn? Here's a 2016 Calendar full of photographs of birds taken in and around Nairn, complete with descriptions of what, where and when the photograph was taken. Available from the Woolshop on the Brae, the Little Birdie Craft Shop, the Flower Shop on the High Street and Strachan's. Also available at Broadley Garden Centre. Alternatively you can contact me via the Blog and I will send it direct.  Excuse the positioning of the pages below!  Just click on one of the pages below for an easier view of all the pages.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Snow Bunting

How long have I been off this blog?!  Here's a few pics to get me going again.  A pair of Snow Buntings pottering around my feet in the car-park at Lossie Estuary camp site.  They were too close sometimes for my long lens!  The Snow Bunting always makes an appearance in Nairn, along the Links or at the Harbour or on the East Beach.  So keep looking for them between now and March.