Friday, February 19, 2010

Galloway

Just back from a few days in Dumfries & Galloway, in south-west Scotland. Lots of lovely stuff to see...

Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel
Red Squirrels. Irresistible...

Loch Ken

Loch Ken
Lovely Loch Ken

Willow Tit
Willow Tit! This bird visited the feeding station of our host, Brian

Black Guillemot

Black Guillemot
Black Guillemots fighting in Portpatrick harbour. Imagine if I'd had a 500mm lens... ;o)

Mochrum Loch
Mochrum Loch, where we watched a pair of Otters playing

We'd only stopped there for a few minutes on the offchance that there might be some ducks (there were a few Goldeneye), but then Derek spotted something 'porpoising' and it turned into a pair of Otters frolicking in the water. We watched them swim to an island, chase around a bit and then swim off out of sight. Magic...

Loch Ryan
Looking up Loch Ryan towards Ailsa Craig on the horizon

Bladnoch estuary
The River Bladnoch flowing into Wigtown Bay

Black-headed Gull
Black-headed Gull in Stranraer harbour

Svalbard, 2,000 miles this way
So the geese know which way to go from Carsethorn...

In three days of birding (with a quick visit to Leighton Moss, kind of on the way home), we notched up about 85 species, including...
  • Black Guillemots chasing around Portpatrick harbour
  • Thousands of Barnacle Geese at Mersehead
  • Lots of Pintail
  • Purple Sandpiper at Carsethorn
  • Red-breasted Mergansers and Goosanders in several places
  • Loadsa Red Kites and Buzzards
  • Willow Tit and Nuthatch at Brian's feeders
  • Slavonian Grebe, Eiders and a big flock of Scaup at Loch Ryan
  • Bittern and Little Egret at Leighton Moss

But we didn't see Sparrowhawk or Mistle Thrush.

See Flickr for more photos

photos taken with Canon EOS 30D, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM or Canon Powershot A640