Wednesday, 19 October 2011

House Sparrows

Photographs taken yesterday of the House Sparrows.

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Blue & Coal Tits

Photographs I've taken in my garden recently of Blue and Coal Tits.

  Coal Tit flies away

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Chaffinches photographed in my garden recently.

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Monday, 17 October 2011

White-Tailed Sea Eagle Tracking

On Wednesday 12 October I spent an afternoon / evening with the RSBP's new and former east coast sea eagle officers tracking some of the east coast White-Tailed Sea Eagles, one of the Wild Connections events in Perthshire last week.

What a fantastic time I had.  We went to a roost site and had a go with the radio tracking equipment, picking up a signal from one of the east coast eagles. I got to hold one of the radio transmitters that the eagles wear on their backs and they are extremely lightweight, and I doubt the eagles even notice they are wearing them.  I also got to see some feathers, one of which was probably the largest feather I have ever held! No wonder the eagles can soar so efficiently.

After having a go with the tracking equipment, we tried to see if we could spot the eagle who's signal we were tracking.  We saw it some distance away perched in a tree. This was eagle tagged Red A, one of this year's releases.

 Red A

Another signal was being picked up so we tried to spot that one, which was in the opposite direction.  We walked some distance, stopping to scan the trees for any sign, until finally it was spotted. This was Red E.  Moving along the track for a clearer view, I was trying to pick up Red E again, only to discover in my binoculars an eagle with a turquoise tag! This eagle was just a few trees along from Red E, and was Turquoise Z, a male from the 2009 release.  He had some food in the branch which he was eating.

Red E and Turquoise Z
Not far from those two eagles, we spotted another perched on a tree. This was Red P. There was also Red 2. So a very successful evening of eagle watching!

Red P

Turquoise Z
On Saturday I went back to the same area, in the hope of another sighting.  This time I saw a couple of large sillouettes fly past a gap in the trees out of sight. Eagles!

Walking around to a good vantage point, there was a buzzard extremely agitated in a nearby tree. It kept circling above the trees, calling.  I knew an eagle had to be somewhere in the trees, although I couldn't see it.  It wasn't long before the buzzard achieved it's objective and flushed the eagle out.  It chased it away, despite being dwafted by the huge sea eagle!  I was watching the action through my bincoluars while my other half took photos. I had hoped to be able to get an i.d on the wing tags, which were red for this year's release, but it was flying in the wrong direction.

Buzzard not happy!

Buzzard chases off the White-Tailed Eagle!
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