Iain Taylor



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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Fyvie Revisited

For a second time this month I was able to spend a couple of hours in the grounds of Fyvie Castle. This time I was able to get closer to some of the Tufted Ducks than on my previous visit.

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Mehwi meets his first Swaledales

During a long weekend at Lonscale farm, we met up with Agnes’ friend Pierre who had driven with his brother from Austria to pick up his new Puppy, Kala. During our time at the farm we were able to do some training with Manouk and Mozzie. Agnes could not resist the opportunity for Derek to introduce Mehwi to his first Swaledales in the small training field. 

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Wildfowl at Fyvie Castle

This Sunday I was able to spend an hour or so watching the birds at the Lake by Fyvie Castle. It made a change being able to get so close to the Greylag Geese as the ones we see in the fields near home during the winter are so timid it’s virtually impossible to get anywhere near them. It was also quite a sight to see the  male Moorhens rearing out of the water so that they could use their huge feet to attack each other.

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Aurora Borealis

Thursday evening was spent in the garden watching the Aurora Borealis. No moon and a virtually cloudless sky helped to produce the most stunning display Agnes & Myself have ever seen since we have been living in Scotland. What the images don’t capture was the rapid swirling movement we were also seeing.  This will certainly be a night to remember.

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This years first trip to the Don

Clear skies for a change made a visit to the river Don at lunch time possible. The river is still flowing quickly following the recent heavy rainfall and it is still over its banks in several places. Today’s sightings included the Heron and Goosanders below, but also a number of Wrens and a Cormorant, although the Cormorant turned up just as it was time to head back to the office.

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A Puppy Gathering

This weekend we had a house full of Dogs  (not that five isn’t a house full already). On Sunday Mehwi had chance to romp around with three of his siblings, Fionn, Zia and Tuppence.

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A breezy day at Sunnyside beach

Sunnyside Beach, to the West of Sandend, is one of our favourite walks, even on a windy day like this one.

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Hatton of Fintray

The River Don breaks it banks at Hatton of Fintray following the previous days heavy rainfall.

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Mehwi & Tuppence

This afternoon Matthew brought Tuppence round to visit her brother Mehwi. Ater an hour or so of mayhem in the house, the weather had brightened up enough to be able to get out in to the garden with Tess & Manouk.

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