Monday, 24 December 2012

Velvet delight...


After visiting so many places around the country in the last few weeks i'm finally back home in Yorkshire and ready for Christmas.

Here are some sweet Velvet Scoter digiscoped from near Musselburgh tuther day. 

Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca

Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Arran update!

Here is a small selection of pictures from my short time working on Arran...

Up in't hills
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
Heath or Common Milkwort Polygala vulgaris
Wren in the glen! Troglodytes troglodytes

Dunnock Prunella modularis

Coal tit Periparus ater

Heron Ardea cinerea

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Arran in the autumn

So I’ve been drafted in to work as a Ranger on Arran for the next month or two.

Arran has an amazing variety of wildlife, hopefully these pictures will give you a taste.


Dad (plus Claonaig ferry)

 I have to confess that hours of stalking were not required to get any of the above photos. The deer at Lochranza are about as tame as cows. They often cause havoc on the golf course… niceee.

Common seals (taken just in front of my accom) Common seals actuaully are the most common seal found here)
Christmas cards sorted then!
One of the many ridges
Arran really does seem to have everything… scenery, wildlife and the locals keep giving me scones… could it get any better?

Saturday, 13 October 2012

New Island, New Job…

Just after settling back onto the Farne Islands for some autumn birding I got a phone call asking if I would like to work on Arran. A few days later and having skipped across the country I’m now on a slightly bigger island on the west side. As I moved from east to west the weather took a turn for the worst and changed from clear sunny days in the east to drizzle and typical Scottish weather here on Arran. 

Anyway after a slightly dormant period for the blog I’ll make an effort to keep it up to date now.

On with the photo’s…

Firstly a few from my short stay on the Farnes last week…

Lighthouse Merlin

Turtle Dove... check out the plumage!



My new home...

Brodick in the trees
Southern Hawker (female) i think.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

quick pic update

Spotted Flycatcher


Young Mute swan

St Abbs lighthouse

Monday, 17 September 2012

Badger Badger Badger!..

Watch this for the facts...

Sign this...

Sir David Attenborough, Dr Brian May, Chris Packam, Simon King OBE, Alan Titchmarsh, Michaela Strachan, Jilly Cooper and Bill Oddie did.


Sunday, 9 September 2012

Birds, Boulders and Brew!

Well I’ve been away for a week on a mostly none bird related trip. Back in the action now though.

A quick walk around the loch this afternoon and things still seem fairly quiet. 

10 Goldcrest, 4 Chiff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 female Blackcap also huge numbers of hirundines (swallows and house martins) stopping off for a drink on the loch.

All the usual stuff is still around on the loch; Little Grebe, Tufted Duck, Mute Swan, Mallard, Coot and Moorhen.

Up on the tops there seems to be a steady stream of Wheatear and Meadow Pipit moving though with 7 Wheatear around the Lighthouse/Kirk hill area and loads of Mipits everywhere.

Today also marks a welcome return to the Pink-feet with 43 seen out to sea heading south this morning. A single Swift also flew south tonight.

Bouldering time...

This sums up the weather on Skye pretty well

One of the Stoats living beside the lighthouse... cute eh!
Wrong.. this bad boy is a pure killing machine!