Iain Taylor

SKC Small & Medium Championship Final

Finalist in the Small and Medium Championship agility classes judged by Tricia Elms.

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A week in Flight

A selection of birds in flight from this week’s lunch times spent alongside the River Don.

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Canine Pawsibilities training session

Photos from a recent Canine Pawsibilities training session

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Zia, Koda and Mehwi

Zia, Koda and Mehwi getting to play together at the  SBCC show.

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20140420

Scottish Border Collie Club, Championship Final – 2014

Photographs of all the finalists in this year’s SBCC Championship Final. 

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20140409

Toads

As with previous years, the pond is a huge draw to the local Toad population. Whilst returning to the house with the dogs late one evening, they kept sniffing at gravel outside our house. When the security lights came on the reason became clear, there were about fifteen Toads that had come out from their daytime hideaways. Considering how many Toads we see in the pond during the breeding season, a number that is in the order of hundreds, its surprising how well they hide themselves away during the rest of the year.

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20140415

A feather for the nest

I often hear and occasionally see Wrens flitting through the undergrowth on the banks of the river Don. This one didn’t appear to be to put out by my presence as it went about searching for nesting material.

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20140414

Goldfinches in the Garden

The longer evenings provide plenty of time to get out and about in the garden after work. The tress and hedges are currently alive with flocks of Goldfinches and Sparrows and also a few Dunnocks.

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20140323

Forvie Sands, Newburgh

Grey and Common seals are a familiar site in the Ythan Estuary at the southern edge of the Forvie Sands Nature reserve. On the day I visited there were several hundred seals basking on the beach and near shore sand banks. I had previously only seen seals from a relative distance and as such it was a real treat to be able to get close up and spend time watching and photographing them. I had read that Seals are often very inquisitive, a trait which was confirmed when a young seal crawled out of the surf and made a direct line towards where I was sitting. After a few short pauses to look me over, it eventually stopped about 4 metres away before having a roll about in the sand, scratch itself a couple of times and then settle down for a snooze.

During the time I sept with the seals, a strong wind kept the sand moving constantly. It is not difficult to understand why Forvie Sands is also famous for its Sand Dunes

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20140321

Buzzards

From my office window I often see Buzzards circling over the fields to the rear of the office. This lunchtime a couple of Buzzards were circling over one of the fields that the local farmer was ploughing and were occasionally flying low enough for me to try and get a half decent photograph of them.

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