Archive - October 2015

27th October


I read a report that a Glossy Ibis was in town. At Kilwinning Bowling Club to be precise!
You don't see many of them on a Tuesday so I took a chance on a long drive down to a new
place to see if I could get lucky. Found the place easily and there it was. Some dogs drove it away
but I decided to wait and see if it would come back and had a bite to eat to pass the time.
It did come back, landing just metres away from me!
The light was poor but I think I got the shots. Looks like a juvenile to me.

Glossy Ibis

25th October 2015

Musselburgh, Port Seton

The weather wasn't that great throughout the central belt but the East looked best. Headed to Fisherrow for breakfast. Two rolls'n'bacon, with about half a pig on each, and up to Port Seton. Not much around and the light was poor. The tide was coming in and these didn't stay long.

Cormorant 2nd Cycle Great Black-backed Gull Oystercatcher

Off to Musselburgh. There was a notification of a Lapland Bunting here and our normal parking place was full. So, off to the scrapes by road and walk the promenade anti-clockwise. The scrapes were full of birds. Pink-footed geese, Greylag geese, Canada geese, Lapwings, Godwits, Wigeon and at least 400 Oystercatchers. Light still poor. Walked the promenade anti-clockwise as per plan A. Spotted what may have been Lapland Buntings on the sea wall but they turned out to be Linnets on closer inspection.

Black-tailed Godwit Grey Heron Greylag Goose
Female Goosander Magpie Stock Dove

18th October 2015


Best weather is in the West today, though, as we drive through East Kilbride on the way, it is not looking too good. Cracking breakfast in Kilmarnock and on to Doonfoot as the sun starts to break through. When we get to Doonfoot it is basking in brilliant sunshine. On parking the car we were treated to some Greenfinches and Goldfinches.

Greenfinch Doonfoot Goldfinch
Very quiet as we walked South along the beach. However, we got some shots of a few passers by.

Curlew Whooper Swan Rock Pipit
Back to the car for tea and a bun as the clouds moved in. Time enough to get a few more shots in

Lapwing Rook Twente_landrace_goose

1st October 2015

Chanonry Point

Heading up to the north coast of Scotland at the beginning of October may not sound too great
but the mild weather of late and the prospect of fantastic scenery and perhaps some new additions, make it a good idea. First stop on the way up was Chanonry where dolphins have been showing regularly.
I wasn't disappointed!

Bottlenose Dolphins

Great Skua Pied Wagtail

After an overnight stay it was up to Durness. The scenery was incredible. Wanted to stay a little longer but it was eastwards to the Kyle of Tongue and Clashbuie


Rock Dove

2nd October 2015


Hooded Crow Curlew
Hooded Crow Hooded Crow Curlew

3rd October 2015


It was back to the west and heading home, stopping at Tarbet and Drumbeg on the way.

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