May 2015

Swifts at the Don

Earlier this week I spent about 40 minutes watching a group of Swallows, Swifts and House Martins performing aerobatics in their search for insects over the River Don at Dyce. Their speed and constant change in direction made trying to get a photograph of them a real challenge especially against a cloudy backdrop. Of the 200 or so photographs I took, only a handful were half decent and of those there were only three that I liked.

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Wader survey at Glenbuchat

An early start this morning as I accompanied our friend Annie as she helped conduct a survey of Waders at Glenbuchat. The survey involves logging the number of Waders, in this case Lapwing, Curlew, Snipe and Osytercatchers, present in the surrounding fields. The survey is repeated 3 times during the breeding season.

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Grasshopper & Sedge Warblers

The chirping of the Toads at our pond has been replaced with the loud singing of the Sedge Warbler. The Sedge Warblers song it a fantastic mix if chirps, clicks, buzzes and whistles and is continually varying.

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Roe Deer at Kerras Wood

Every day on my way to and from work I drive past a fir plantation called Kerras wood. Between the trees and the road is a small valley within which it is often possible to see Roe Deer grazing. Although they seem oblivious to the cars on the road, any attempt to stop and photograph them invariably results in the Deer rapidly disappearing in to the trees.

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