Filming wildlife can take you into some spectacular situations. In the last couple of weeks for instance I have been surrounded by the beauty of Islay and Speyside. All that changed last week when I found myself filming from my car, that was positioned next to a pile of slurry left by the farmer. While the local inhabitants were up in arms at the appearance of this substance it was a great attraction to both Pied and Grey Wagtails and provided me with the photos I was after, even if the surroundings were not something to be desired. Click here
The big news locally in the last couple of weeks was the appearance of a Little Egret on the local stream through Hopwood woods. It was present on three occasions and has now moved on. The warm sunshine on the 25th brought three Small Tortoiseshell butterflies on the wing, a species that had a very poor year last year so lets hope for plenty more sunshine this year.