Deeside Interlude

October 17, 2021 at 7:27 pm

Where else would you wish to watch Kingfishers and Kites than from a Hot-tub on the River Dee in Wales. A break at Rivercatcher has this to offer and does it really matter that it rained during most of our recent week-end stay!! photos  taken earlier  see:

A Mega Twitch

October 10, 2021 at 5:48 pm

I have never classed myself as a twitcher but I was recently drawn to Yorkshire to see a bird called a White Tailed Lapwing – and yes I had never heard of it either!! It breeds in the Middle East and normally migrates further east for Winter. It was only the tenth ever recorded in Britain and a first for Yorkshire. I spent two hours in the public hide and really enjoyed filming an unusual subject in perfect conditions. See photos in Gallery.

A Berry Feast

October 3, 2021 at 7:19 pm

This is now the time of year when there is an abundance of Autumn fruits.
This weeks blog photo is of a Whitethroat feeding on Raspberries. That bird has now moved on and in its place we have Wood Pigeons devouring Elderberries – both adults and juveniles. for gallery photos

A Glorious Twelfth

September 26, 2021 at 11:10 am

There are days in the hills when all you see are a couple of Meadow Pipits. Then there are other days when it all comes good and the 12th September was one such day.
I had been checking the purple heather for Red Grouse when all of a sudden a male Hen Harrier came into view. It was a bird on passage and soon moved off south but a Pennine Hen Harrier is always a good sighting.
At dusk it got even better when a Long Eared Owl came into view and hunted the moorland edge.
Better still was to follow as a Barn Owl commenced hunting the same area as the Long Eared Owl.Two Owl species in view at the same time is as good as it gets – check the gallery

Sparrows Beware

September 19, 2021 at 4:32 pm

This weeks blog photo is of the many House Sparrows that have fledged around the garden this year. In fact we had one count of more than thirty in August. However, gone are the glory days of mid-summer and from now on they cannot relax for at any moment a Sparrowhawk might strike. One such time was last week when, sadly, we had one less to feed in the future. gallery

Harvest Time

September 12, 2021 at 4:06 pm

In all our 112 visits to Islay we have never previously been on the island when Barley was harvested. All that was to change last week when every available machine was working almost day and night to harvest Islay’s precious crop – its Barley. The weather all week was exceptional with no rain or wind and some magnificent sunsets.
It was not a wildlife holiday but it is impossible to visit Islay and not be impressed by what you see. Hen Harriers, Ospreys, wading birds and hundreds of finches are all around you. This year the heather was spectacular and the Rowan berry crop exceptional. Oh to return in October for the Autumn migrants!!  more photos see