Saturday, 20 October 2012

The Clues in the Name

Azorean 'type' Yellow-legged Gull
I finished work early so that I could get to Rutland Water in time to have a chance of seeing the Azorean Yellow-legged Gull that had been visiting Lagoon 4. Matthew Berriman picked it up around tea-time and helped everyone to find it. It was very distinctive and easy to locate even at a great distance.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Short-eared Owl at Shawell

I was off getting my gull fix this afternoon at Shawell A5 Lagoons and I was most surprised to see a short-eared Owl. Looking up from my scope I saw three birds over the lake and they weren't gulls.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Reindeer for Lunch Anyone

A family walk into the Cairngorms ended up with a surprise guest for lunch. As we settled down on a rock to enjoy our sandwiches we spotted a group of Reindeer higher up on the mountainside. It wasn't long before they started towards us and much to our surprise they were soon all around us. 

Thursday, 11 October 2012

John O' Groats

We decided to tick off John O' Groats during our recent holiday, which was a long drive from Aviemore. There isn't really that much there, but a winter-plumaged Guillemot in the small harbour kept me entertained for a while.


Highland Wildlife Park

Photos of captive animals from the Highland Wildlife Park:
Amur Tiger