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.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Don't miss the Knot.

It's been a little bit too cold for me to sit on the pier for hours trying to capture more photos of the Knot again, and the sand is blocking my path anyway!  But I keep an eye out for them from the car.

On Saturday I pulled into the car-park at the harbour for a quick look to see if the they were there. The tide was in and I saw what looked like a wave splashing up over the East Beach wall, only to realise it was the Knot flying very low and turning their bellies into the sun.

They were moving eastward toward the sandbar and creating swarming, moving funnels in the sky, flashing dark and light as they turned.  Fantastic!  Anyone lucky enough to have been on the beach would have had great views.  I suspect they were close to the harbour only seconds before I got there.

I couldn't capture them on camera this time, but luckily I had my binoculars and so I could follow them all the way out toward the large sandbar on the east beach. But, always looking for an excuse to re-post my favourite picture of them, here is the one I took earlier!


Tuesday, 30 December 2014

The Knots are still performing!

I know you're all probably getting board of my pics, but just in case! Here are a few from today out on the East Beach wall in Nairn.
I always said I was lucky to be at the right place at the right time for a decent photo - well, after spending there hours waiting for these little buggers to fly, I think I should now claim to be at the right place....after loads of patient waiting!

These Knots are here most of the winter and perform great displays for those of us who happen to be in the right place at the right time!

Santa had given a new pair of binoculars to a lady that I met on the wall.  I am hopeless with names, but I think hers was Linda or Lynn (sorry if I've got it wrong).  We were both enjoying the sight of these Knots pushing for position on the sandbar as I was eulogising about the wonderful displays they give when they fly - and then, they up and flew all around us, performing wonderful twists and turns , and flying overhead with a lively whispering, whoosh of their wings.  Fantastic!

I urge you all to get down to the beach (or harbour walls) as the tide is turning, just in case they perform again.

Happy and healthy 2015 to you all.

Seamus (and Kate)

Monday, 29 December 2014

A Walk up the River Nairn

A lovely day for a walk and among the many Robins along the river from the Merryton to Firhall bridges were a few Wren, Blackies, loads of Chaffinches and a Tree Creeper.  A Woodpecker flew overhead and landed in a tree across the river and a tree closer to e suddenly filled with a flock of around 30 Siskin.  The Wren and Tree Creeper were too quick for me to photograph and it was too dark in the tree of Siskin to get any decent images.

As I've said previously, there are a good number of Red Breasted Mergansers on the river at the moment, giving good opportunities for close ups and photos.  And whilst composing this photo Kate spotted a Buzzard in a tree across the river keeping a close eye on us!  Buzzards are usually quick to move on if a passer by stops and points a camera at it, but this was seemed comfortable enough and just kept its eye firmly on me!

Male Red Breasted Merganser having a wash

Buzzard keeping watch

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Red Breasted Merganser for Christmas?

Anyone walking down the river past the Merryton Bridge enjoying today's glorious sunshine couldn't fail to miss the two pair of Red Breasted Mergansers feeding on the river.  We always have at least one pair here at this time of the year, and they'll be here until moving up river to bread in the spring.

Female on the left

Not a great pic - but he's got his snack.
Happy Christmas.