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Re: Recent birds
« Reply #255 on: January 03, 2012, 05:49:32 pm »
I seen the R.L.Buzzard again today, it was in a valley quite far from the road.. The wind had changed from s/westerlys to easter'lys thats probably why its in this valley taking advantage of a more sheltered position... These pictures were all taken before the new-year..

















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Re: Recent birds [Today]
« Reply #256 on: January 10, 2012, 04:33:05 pm »
This R.L.Buzzard can be seen most days, if you have patience. But sometimes you spot it when you arrive [like today] I watched several times this morning..

















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Re: Recent birds.. A few from yesterday ..
« Reply #257 on: January 14, 2012, 09:30:09 am »
I checked out the R.L.Buzzard at Laxobigging [ its still with us ]

Then I made a trip to Lerwick.. I heard that lots of Iceland gulls were at the [catch] with a few Kumlien's and an Glaucous Gull..

But first I made a stop at Strand loch to see the Goosanders..



Then it was onward to Lerwick.. Where I saw these birds..

Iceland gull..



Kittiwake..



Iceland gull..



Eider..



Iceland gull..



Kittiwake..



And last was another Iceland gull..



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Re: Recent birds..R.L.Buzzards & R.B.Mergansers..
« Reply #258 on: January 18, 2012, 08:24:25 am »
The R.L.Buzzard took me by surprize yesterday.. I was parked on the high ground overlooking the old WW2 cinema [now a ruin] at the cemetery.. Suddenly it appeared. It was flying past the old cemetery heading up the burn, but it was flying leisurely above the heather, crossed the steep fence, still going up, then down, then landed near the top.. I took a few pictures of it.. If I find a decent one then i'll show you.. unfortunatly I was waiting for it to take flight, but the rain started, it was blowing in my car window so I called a halt to my birdwatching..

R.B.Merganser..





Flight shot with ripples of Sullom Voe..



R.L.Buzzard..











And this is where it landed just as the rain started..



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Re: Recent birds
« Reply #259 on: January 22, 2012, 08:12:47 pm »
Rough Legged Buzzard..

I was off oot birdwatching at first light [well 0900] It was amazing to watch it hovering.. It made a few sweeps down to the heather.. [see the coloured picture] the sun was making things a bit difficult for me, but some of my pics although backlit, they are still ok in my opinion..





















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Re: Recent birds.24th january 2012
« Reply #260 on: January 25, 2012, 08:17:41 am »
Yesterday I was searching for the long staying R.L.Buzzard..

I found it eating a Rabbit in a field [with my binoculars]

It was so far away.. But I noticed that there was dead ground between me and the Buzzard.. So I crept the car forward along the private track. then the R.L.B. seen me and soared up into a power pole.. unfortunatly the photos are a bit dark owing to me being on the wrong side of it.... but ....













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Re: Recent birds. 5-2-2012
« Reply #261 on: February 05, 2012, 08:55:13 pm »
I went to the R.L.B. site today [no surprize there] I noticed two Ravens sitting on the ruin o the cinema, then I seen it.... It was sitting on top of a gravestone [not my wifes] one of the auld ones.. It then flew, followed by the Ravens up the Laxobigging Burn, and gave stunning views for an awful long time.. it was hunting alongside the hill, I was joined by another birder later..

















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Re: Recent birds. R.B.Merganser and..
« Reply #262 on: February 27, 2012, 07:30:10 am »
Interesting day yesterday, It started with the Mountain Hare, I took two cameras and two tripods. I walked [stumbled] over the moor at an angle so as not to spook the Hare.
Set-up my cameras, and took many pictures of it.

I then left my long lens and went to my other camera [it had a 10-20mm lens, it was trained on my long lens..

Then it happened.. The wind blew my camera to the ground luckily for me it landed on spagnum moss..

Later on it started to mist up in the view-finder..

I then went to look for the R.L.Buzzard.. I found it on top of a pylon [power post] parked up my car and got my tripod out the boot..

I was attaching the camera to the tripod when I spotted the R.L.B. flying past me. I only got two keepable pictures of it..

Then it was home.. But on the way I spotted a R.B.Merganser, parked the car and took its picture, then I noticed a bird in the Houb of Laxobigging, it was a goldeneye. Got a couple of flight shots of it, then it was home..

Me and the tripod..







This was what I was after.. The Mountain Hare..





Rough Legged Buzzard..



Goldeneye..





And last.. The R.B.Merganser..



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Re: Recent birds. fri. 9th march
« Reply #263 on: March 10, 2012, 05:03:08 pm »
More pictures of the Rough Legged Buzzard, taken yesterday and friday..







Hunting..



The dive..



Missed it..



Trying another place..





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Re: Recent birds.. 12th & 13th march
« Reply #264 on: March 14, 2012, 10:51:52 am »
This weeks birds..

Kittiwake..



Long Tailed Duck..







Male & Female..



Red Breasted Merganser..



Grey Heron with pals..



Courting display..



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Re: Recent birds.. Goldcrests..
« Reply #265 on: April 20, 2012, 09:42:29 am »
Two days ago I went to Wester Quarf looking for the Great Grey Shrike, but could'nt find it..

While I was at centrel Shetland I thought I would travel to Sumburgh to see the Puffins in the south end of the island..

I got a few Puffin shots outside the Puffin camcorder, then I noticed a movement in the grass.. It was two Goldcrests, they were feeding on insects..
            So I took lots of pictures of them, I had a bit of bother with focusing on them wae the long-lens, so I backed away from them and got these..



















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Re: Recent birds..
« Reply #266 on: April 30, 2012, 06:44:52 am »
I've been neglecting this post for a few weeks as i've been concentrating on the Mountain Hares...

So this is a mixed bag I've taken recently..

I'll start wae the Raingeese [Red throated diver]









Shelduck..



Puffin..



Shalder [Oystercatcher]



Pied-Wagtail..



And last.. A pair of Whoopers flying high past me..



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Re: Recent birds.. this weeks birds..
« Reply #267 on: June 09, 2012, 09:18:12 am »
I got some amazing shots of different Arctic Terns in flight.. then I found a Mallard wae her chicks, they were running along a ditch near where i took the mountain hare pictures..

Arctic Tern first..

















The Mallard chicks..





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The Arctic Terns seem to be doing well this year with their chicks..

The Arctic & Common chicks are starting to take short flights at a [Voe in Delting]

The adults seem to be having difficulty finding Sand Eels, so they are catching wee Silocks..

I have included a picture of Arctic Skuas ganging up on a Tern, they fly so fast chasing the Tern, so its difficult to get their picture when chasing Terns..

Arctic Skuas..



Artic Terns & Common Terns with chicks..



















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Re: Recent birds
« Reply #269 on: October 11, 2012, 01:06:17 pm »
Migrant Sparrowhawk..



Shetland Wren..





Merlin..





Arctic Skua..



Gannet diving..



going under..



Feeding frenzy..

Arctic Terns..



Dunlin.



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