Wildlife

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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20140316

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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20140302

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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20140220

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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20140201

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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New Bird Albums

The alums containing some of my bird photographs have now been upgraded from the old bankheadagility site.

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20130705

Troup Head

Photographs from warm summers evening spent watching the Gannets, Guillemots and Kittiwakes at Troup head. This was my first time to Troup head during the breeding season and it was a fantastic experience to see the  Gannet chicks in their nests clinging precariously to small rocky ledges.

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20130627

Grey Heron, River Don.

Gret Herons are a relatively common sight at the River Don in Dyce

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Greenfinch

A Greenfinch tucking in to the Sun Flower seeds at one of the bird feeders in the garden.

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20130520

Donmouth nature reserve

I spent half an hour over a lunchtime in the bird hide next to the Bridge of Don. Shortly after I arrived a Cormorant landed some distance away to dry off its wings. The tide was relatively low allowing Oyster Catchers, Sandwich and Common Terns and Yellow Legged Gulls the ideal opportunity to search through the shoreline mud.

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