Monday, May 29, 2006

Decay





Spectacular colours on a rusting tractor on the beach at Weybourne, Norfolk. Perhaps aided by a bit of paint here and there...

photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 995

Hares

Brown Hares, Lepus europaeus

photo taken with Nikon Coolpix 995 + Leica Apo Televid 77 with 20x eyepiece

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Willington

The drake Ring-necked Duck at Octagon Farm, Willington, is a cracker and showed nicely this evening.

Sadly, I could only muster a poor attempt at a bad record shot (see left). Shortly after we arrived it began feeding (must be a hungry migrant), then went to sleep - as ducks do...

After chatting to Steve 'Jungle Boy' Blain for a while, we dropped in at Willington gravel pits. I was a little surprised to find this female Grey Wagtail feeding a newly-fledged juvenile.


It gives me great displeasure to say that the best photos I took all evening were handheld shots of captive birds at a collection in Willington - through a chainlink fence. But just look at these rare beauties!

Male Lady Amherst's Pheasant x Golden Pheasant

Mandarins (the most numerous species by far)

Other species at this private site included Red-breasted Goose, Golden Pheasant, Eider, Smew, Goldeneye, Ruddy Shelduck, Bahama Pintail, Greylag Goose and, er, Indian Junglefowl.

digiscoped photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 995 + Leica Apo Televid 77 with 20x eyepiece

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Bempton Cliffs


Puffin


Bempton Cliffs and their seabirds

Guillemots

Guillemot, Puffin and Razorbills


Gannets and Kittiwakes

Guillemot

Kittiwakes

digiscoped photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 995 + Leica Apo Televid 77 with 20x eyepiece

Friday, May 19, 2006

Wester Ross

Wester Ross landscape

female Golden Eagle

Sheep watching us watching eagles

Glen Torridan

Looking over towards Raasay

Eider drake

digiscoped photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 995 + Leica Apo Televid 77 with 20x eyepiece

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Lochindorb and Loch Ruthven

Lochindorb

We spent a lot of time in these this week...


digiscoped photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 995 + Leica Apo Televid 77 with 20x eyepiece

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Abernethy and Insh Marshes

Loch Garten

Loch Garten Osprey Centre

Inside: screens showing live CCTV footage from Goldeneye and Osprey nests

photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 995

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Cairngorm

View from the way up Cairn Gorm

Green Hairstreak, Glenmore


digiscoped photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 995 + Leica Apo Televid 77 with 20x eyepiece

Monday, May 15, 2006

Grantown Woods

Crossbill - but which species? Answers on a postcard...

Red Squirrel


digiscoped photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 995 + Leica Apo Televid 77 with 20x eyepiece

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Loch Garten and the Findhorn Valley

Loch Garten on a cloudy day

Abernethy Forest


Common Sandpiper

Male Goldeneye

Female Goldeneye

Findhorn valley

digiscoped photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 995 + Leica Apo Televid 77 with 20x eyepiece

Friday, May 05, 2006

Woodpigeon gallery








This Woodpigeon visited my garden this evening, eyeing up some sunflower seed remnants on the grass. It made a good digiscoping subject in the nice light and didn't mind me being there (I was in the house with the patio doors open).

The same bird as last June? Check out the eye...

photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 995 + Leica Apo Televid 77 with 20x eyepiece