Wildlife

Troup Head

Gannets and Burnet Moths at Troup Head

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Terns at the Ythan Estuary

Common and Sandwich Terns and Black-headed Gulls at the Ythan Estuary, Newburgh.

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Wildlife near to home

A selection of some of the wildlife photographed near to home earlier this year.

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Swallows at the pond.

In 2017 I didn’t seem to find much time to spend photographing birds, hopefully there will be more opportunities in 2018.

When I did get time with the camera, I spent a good proportion of this either in the garden or close to home. One challenge I set myself was to try and capture some images of the Swallows that turn up to nest each year. During the day they head out after insects but keep returning every couple of hours to dive into the pond to drink. Because of their size, the speed they skim the surface of the pond at, and their ability to always seem to head for the part of the pond that happens to be in shadow, its so far been hard to get many decent images, a few of the better ones are included below.

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Blue, Coal and Great Tits in the Garden

Roe Deer

Roe Deer hiding in the Barley field next to our house.

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Buzzards vs Crows

Last Sunday morning I watched a couple of Buzzards spend an hour or so pushing their luck with several Crows. Initially perching on the top of some fir trees some distance away they repeatedly kept advancing to an electricity pole nearer to where the Crows were nesting. Each time one of the Buzzards landed on the pole the Crows started harassing it in to retreating back to the fir trees.

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Spring 2016

This spring we have had a number of new visitors to the Garden.

At the beginning of may we had our first sighting of a Bullfinch. This little fellow was quite content chomping through the new buds on one of the trees at the back of the house. At the pond we have had a pair of Tufted Ducks visit early one morning, and we are now also starting to regularly see Red Legged Partridge

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Winter 2016

This Winter there has always been something that needed doing at the weekend which limited the opportunities of getting out with the camera.

There are a couple of fields close to the house which this year which have Highland Cattle, or ‘Hippy Cows’ as Agnes and all her family prefer to call them.

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A Kestrel in the Garden

Last Friday I spotted a Kestrel hovering at the edge of our garden. Its presence possibly explains the scattered feathers I have been finding on the ground over the last couple of weeks.

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