Friday, 28 April 2017

Brownsea Island

11th April 2017
A good day in Dorset visiting Brownsea Island, where from one of the hides some waders were showing really well, mostly Black Tailed Godwits ( in near summer plumage) ,Greenshank, Oystercatcher and a splendid summer plumaged Spotted Redshank, easily the best view I've had. Oh and the resident Red Squirrels eventually showed up as well.
Black Tailed Godwit

Black Tailed Godwit

Black Tailed Godwit

Black Tailed Godwit summer Plumage

Greenshank

Greenshank

Greenshank

Oystercatcher

Oystercatcher

Spotted Redshank summer plumage

Spotted Redshank

Spotted Redshank

Knot
Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel

Friday, 21 April 2017

Glenelg, Scotland

March 18th- April 1st.
Two weeks with Joyce at Glenelg ( same backwards as forwards you know -a palindrome) on the west coast of Scotland , with the Isle of Skye just across the sound of Sleat, and stunning scenery around every corner, with a mix of beautiful warm sunny days and proper snow . Wildlife wasn't exactly easy but with a Pine Marten ( a first for me) and a Badger regular visitors to the windowsill supply of peanut butter sandwiches and sightings of Otter , Porpoise and other more common species, a very good couple of weeks were enjoyed and well worth the very long drive from the Devon/Cornwall border.
Sunset over Skye

Rock Dove

Snow over the five sisters

Lovey Rock Dovies

Toad on his way to the water

Hooded Crows

Two Great Black Backed Gulls waiting to steal the Grey Seals catch

Red Breasted Merganser pair

Male Bullfinch in the garden

Pine Marten at the window with my reflection in the background

Red Breasted Merganser male

Male Sisken, daily visitors to the garden feeders

Pine Marten at the window .

Very greedy Badger at the window ledge

Red Breasted Merganser male with the punk haircut

An Oystercatcher flying low over the water

Female Sisken

Rockdove and moon

Hooded Crow reflection

Oystercatcher on the rocks

Oystercatcher flight

Cormorant

Ringed Plover over the water

A Grey Heron flies past

Early morning Shag!

Shag resting

Red Deer on the hillside

Red deer on the hillside with mountain backdrop

Red Deer stag watching me watching him

Red Deer stag

My only Otter sighting

Porpoises

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Bonaparte's Gull

12th March 2017.

 Took the drive down to Helston where this Bonaparte's Gull had taken up residence for a few days, only the second I've seen , the first being at Millbrook (also Cornwall) way back in January 2012. An small elegant Gull which showed really well and was worth the journey ( especially as I also caught up with the Yellow Browed Warbler at Tehidy on the way home).