Birds

April 2020 Garden Wildlife

As with the rest of the country, we have been in lock down due to the Corona Virus pandemic throughout April. We are, however, extremely fortunate to live in a rural area and have a large garden and field to get out and about in. April continued be to largely dry with some stunning cloud free days giving amply opportunity to watch the wildlife that we have on our doorstep.

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March 2020

RSPB Fowlsheugh

It had been about 15 years since I last visited Fowlheugh. The reserve was far larger than I remembered with large numbers of Razorbills and Guillemots, with smaller groups of Kittiwakes, Herring Gulls, Fulmars and Puffins. Having only ever seen Puffins from a distance before, it was a real treat to be able to see them close to.

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Troup Head & Forvie Sands 2019

A visit from my Mum & Aunt & Uncle in June provided and excellent excuse to visit Forvie sands and Troup head.

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Spring Wildlife 2019

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