Friday, 27 May 2016
Saturday, 21 May 2016
Two female pheasants. Less brightly coloured than the male but still attractive birds.
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
From the notice board at the damaged pier house describing the aftermath of the storm.
The Lady Wakefield high and dry on the banks of Ullswater.
Friday, 29 April 2016
Quite heavy snow overnight but by mid-morning most of it had melted from lower altitudes, leaving only Largo Law standing out with its white covering.
The snow melt left pools of water in the fields at the foot of Largo Law.
Thursday, 7 April 2016
For some years now mute swans have nested amongst the rushes on the small island in Birnie Loch and it looks as if they are going to do the same again this year.
Normally only one pair of swans nest on one stretch of water and the male defends the territory.
There were also a number of black-headed gulls, tufted ducks, pink-footed geese and the ever present mallards.
A pair of tufted ducks.
A pink-footed goose
Saturday, 19 March 2016
Wednesday, 9 March 2016
A male long-tailed duck (Clangula hyemalis) swimming off the pier at Lower Largo. This is the first time that I had seen this duck but it is quite unmistakable with its black and white colouring and long pointed tail which is 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 in) long . The bill is dark grey crossed by a deep pink band.
The long-tailed duck in the foreground with a black-headed gull above.
Long-tailed duck, two black-headed gulls and on the rocks opposite the pier oyster-catchers and two herring gulls.