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
25th October 2015
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.
|2nd Cycle Great Black-backed Gull
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.
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.
Very quiet as we walked South along the beach. However, we got some
shots of a few passers by.
Back to the car for tea and a bun as the clouds moved in. Time enough
to get a few more shots in
1st October 2015
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!
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
2nd October 2015
3rd October 2015
It was back to the west and heading home, stopping at Tarbet and
Drumbeg on the way.