Thursday, January 31, 2013
Today's bird of the day was Long-eared Owl! Brilliant views as it flew out of its roosting site flew around settled on a fence post looked at our group carefully watched us - while the photographers took their shots - I was so happy watching. (No I had deliberately left the camera in the minibus - I never thought we would get such good views! Fortunately Mark will post me one of his shots which are great- I expect to edit this post when I get the photo!) We saw lots of birds today - Eiders to add to yesterdays list as well as most of the birds I had seen yesterday. A Cormorant at the Shetland Catch site in Lerwick was the only one of the trip. We went to see if the RBG was about but he didn't show today - we had 3 trips there between us and a local birder was there for a long time this afternoon. Seals came to see us at Lerwick! Today had great views of Ravens - oh yes a flock of Jackdaws - a very rare bird for Shetland! and the Hoodies were lurking about..... I also saw a Great Tit today! This is a very rare bird for Shetland and goes on my mainland list only ever having seen one before on Fair Isle in October 2012! Shelducks, Goosanders, Goldeneye and finally a GBBG! Grey Heron , Tufted Duck and an overwintering female Scaup looking very fine and another scarce bird for Shetland a pair of Gadwall - threw themselves on my Shetland life list!Slav Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Red-breasted Mergansers and Kittiwake plus Wigeon were all added today! We also saw a Mountain Hare or two in the scope and long distance but as they are white and the background mainly brown do stand out when they show! Otters did not play fair today and hid from us.....not many pics taken by me today think I remember it rained a lot and winded a lot! But Eiders ere displaying in Lerwick Harbour so I got some distant shots.
Shetland again! This time in January and for a special event along with wildlife encounters! Well some of the wildlife encounters were hoped for - never sure with otters! Actually even the birds dont always appear either but then most of you know that! So another Shetland Wildlife trip - with Hugh Harrop and Jon Dunn plus 16 assorted travellers! You can look up Up Helly Aa on Promote Shetland website. I will not go into great historical detail here as I want the atmosphere/ambiance...... Before I arrived there was a target list of birds I wanted to see some so easy up here in the winter that I as sure of seeing and then there were the others! A Ring-billed Gull had been showing on East Voe Scalloway - really wanted to see him - a rare bird for Shetland and anted for my Shetland list, Long eared Owls can be easier here than down south so talons crossed and Iceland Gull but these had been few and far this winter so just a possiblity. The usual suspects were expected Long-tailed Ducks, Eider and Black Guillemot - with Purple Sandpipers and Slavonian Grebes plus a diver or two. Seals both Common and Grey I knew would be seen. Mountain Hare - see them yes but could I ever get a photo or even a record shot? Would we see an Otter? What would Up Helly Aa really be like to experience? Yes I had seen photos and it looked good....
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
I will attempt to be better at blogging this year! Ok so quick catch up- start of the year was all to do with looking after my friends Belgium Shepherd Puppy and two kittens whilst they went ski-ing. So I was relocated to Richmond Surrey- and due to dog walking duties as well as feeding 3 lots of other cats birding was done despite of and not deliberate! lol! But I was able to go to South Ealing to see the waxwing flock there - photo Sue Barry used with permission.