Saturday, 2 July 2016

Siskins on the Isle of Mull

We're just back from a week on Mull and identified nearly 70 different species of birds, from golden eagles and white-tailed sea eagles to siskins and oyster cattcher chicks.  We were amased at the great aerobatic displays from the siskins as you can see from the photos below.  They flew upside down and on top of each other, and were fighting for space on the seed feeder that was hanging in the tree in the forrest.













Sunday, 5 June 2016

A day out at Lossie - Skylarks (and Red Arrows and Typhoons!)

We left sunny Nairn behind and ended up at cloudy and dull Lossie.  But the entertainment was anything but dull!  This skylark was singing its heart out as it protected its nest near the airfield as the Red Arrows and a Typhoon dispalyed overhead.  Spectacular!








Thursday, 2 June 2016

Sparrowhawks

It's lunchtime, I'm filling the kettle and I notice the birds in the garden being very hyperactive.  So I look around for the reason - and find this beauty on the wall having its lunch!  People seem to love or hate them - I love them.  It's part of nature, and it's great to see it in your own back garden.



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

Yellowhammers

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!