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Re: Recent birds
« Reply #240 on: October 26, 2011, 05:11:29 pm »
Thank you Anne.. it was difficult with the salt in the air, it was blowing everywhere, the video i made at Grutness, because the wind was so strong, I had to sit down on a boulder..

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Re: Recent birds
« Reply #241 on: October 29, 2011, 06:43:28 am »
Shetland is awash with thousands of Fieldfares Redwings & Blackbirds..

Also the Isabelline Shrike Great Grey Shrike & Redbacked Shrike..

The Siberian Rubythroat is still at Gulberwick.. and of course we have other birds as well..

This is a few pics of the fieldfare taken yesterday..













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Re: Recent birds
« Reply #242 on: October 29, 2011, 09:58:54 am »
As ever, George, these photos are really great. You have an eye for bird photography that's for sure. Anne.

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Re: Recent birds
« Reply #243 on: October 29, 2011, 01:01:28 pm »
Thank you Anne.. would really like one of the Short Eared Owls down at Scatness. there were 11 yesterday morning..

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Re: Recent birds.. Rough Legged Buzzard.. 5th. Nov. 2011
« Reply #244 on: November 07, 2011, 08:19:03 am »
 The R.L.Buzzards are back on Shetland, there are two at Laxobigging area, they are here two months earlier than the last lot were..

Yesterdays pictures were a surprize to me, as i spent most of the day watching them for ages, but they were so far away, for any local twitcher that knows the area, then look at the meadow beyond Bertie Johnsons house [from the Graven rd.]

The one I got in the camera was a fluke, as I did'nt see it coming towards me, it was following the burn, it then crossed the road and landed on the heather, I scrambled out my car, and took a few shots [handheld] then it lifted and disappeared up the burn..

Two of my pics were taken on the fifth [mobbed by crows] the other ones were yesterdays pictures..





Yesterdays pics..









Then it flew off up the burn..



This is a Meadow Pipit a few days ago, not the best o photos, but I liked it flying away from its post..





And this one is the Siberian Rubythroat, it was rather far off for my lens..



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Re: Recent birds.. R.L.Buzzard..
« Reply #245 on: November 08, 2011, 07:52:14 am »
I went to Laxobigging to watch the R.L.Buzzard yesterday..

At first, I only caught a far off glimpse of it with the binos..

Then I decided that breakfast was a really good idea, so I set off, at the next passing point on the single track road, I thought.. that looks odd..

It was the R.L.Buzzard feeding on a rabbit with a gull waiting nearby..

Breakfast was soon forgotten..

When it finished its meal it flew up and landed on a roof on a barn.. It was being pestered by a hoodie crow, so it flew to the next barn roof..

It stayed on the barn roof for about three mins.. then it flew low followed by the hoodie crow..

It disappeared in the middle of the meadow behind a ridge..

Then I went to the next village for my breakfast [Frankies cafe]

Rough Legged Buzzard..













When I returned to the site I met Roger Tait from Brae Village, Roger was a bit excited at seeing the buzzard...

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Re: Recent birds. catch-up
« Reply #246 on: November 24, 2011, 07:36:12 am »
I thought I would do a wee catch-up..

Its been interesting in shetland with all the migrant birds we have, and the local birds don't disappoint either..

This is the Merlin.. I had been looking for the R.L.Buzzard and could'nt find it, so I decided I would go for my breakfast.. I was crossing the moor in my car, when I noticed this bird in the heather, at first I thought it was a Fieldfare, but it was a Merlin, it seemed to be searching an area of heather, probably knocked a bird out the sky and lost it in the heather..















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Re: Recent birds.catch-up cont..
« Reply #247 on: November 24, 2011, 07:46:47 am »
Shetland Wren..







Snow buntings..



!Tundra! Geese..





Hume's warbler..



Rough Legged Buzzard..







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Re: Recent birds
« Reply #248 on: November 30, 2011, 08:16:19 am »
Horrible weather for taking pictures.. but I did get these of the R.L.Buzzard..





That was two days ago...

This was yesterday.. It was windy and wet, with the rain blowing in my car window.. digital cameras don't like getting wet, so did'nt hang about for long..



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Re: Recent birds
« Reply #249 on: November 30, 2011, 08:28:54 am »
I've just realised that i've not showed my recent pictures of the Snow buntings at Eshaness..... Snow buntings are a bit nervous, and usually fly away from you.. So I took some wild bird seeds with me and prepared the site with them.. Then waited for them to get used to my car... Which they did.....

Snow buntings..













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Re: Recent birds
« Reply #250 on: November 30, 2011, 10:49:36 am »
Lovely photos again, George. That was a good idea taking wild bird seed with you. Well done.
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Re: Recent birds
« Reply #251 on: December 02, 2011, 08:08:06 am »
Thank you Anne.. it was Hugh Harrop that told me about the bird seeds..

Last winter I did peg out rabbits for the over-wintering R.L.Buzzard.. but the Ravens got them first. lol ..

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Re: Recent birds.Scaup & Goldeneye.
« Reply #252 on: December 02, 2011, 09:33:40 am »
These guys were at the Houb o Urafirth..

Goldeneye in a hurry..



Scaup..







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Re: Recent birds.. Desert Wheatear..
« Reply #253 on: December 13, 2011, 08:25:30 am »
Yesterday was a day of choices... continue watching the R.L.Buzzard, go to Lerwick and see the Desert Wheatear or head to Sumburgh to see the Humpback Whale.. The Desert Wheatear won hands down as I've never seen one before.. so I made the phone call for its location..

Desert Wheatear..







This is a shaky video I made of the D/Wheatear..



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Re: Recent birds.yesterdays bird.
« Reply #254 on: December 14, 2011, 09:16:23 am »
After yesterdays excitment [Desert Wheatear] in Lerwick it was back to the Rough Legged Buzzard..

I found it sitting on a shed roof..

I got my car side on to the buzzard, unfortunatly it was back lit..

Never mind it was relatively close [about 4 hundred feet from me]

Then a Hoodie crow started to annoy it, thats when the fun started..

R.L.Buzzard..















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