Monday, 28 January 2013

Garden Birds

Photos of a few garden birds seen recently.

Male Chaffinch
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Robin, going for the fat!
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Loch Leven - 24 January

Photos taken at Loch Leven:
View to a snow-covered Benarty Hill, two Goldeneye on the Loch
Mallards, male and female
Male Mallards
Mute Swans feeding
Male Goldeneye
Reed reflections

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Monday, 21 January 2013

White-Tailed Eagle Loch Leven - Turquoise H

More sightings of White-Tailed Eagle TurquoiseH at Loch Leven last week.  A pretty good White-Tailed Eagle spotting week for me!


The photo below shows a selection of the coloured wing tags attached to the eagles for identification purposes - the colours used for the following release years were, from left to right: Grey 2012, Yellow 2010, Red 2011, Turquoise 2009. A pair of wing tags has a different number or letter on it for each bird, and they are also fitted with a small radio backpack (shown in photo) so that they can be tracked. White tags were used for 2007, but only legs rings were used in 2008.  If you have any sightings, email as much information as you can about it to

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A rare visitor - East Scotland Sea Eagles Blog

Link to a new Blog by the East Scotland Sea Eagle project - a Norwegian eagle pays Scotland a visit:

A rare visitor - East Scotland Sea Eagles - Our work - The RSPB Community

Monday, 14 January 2013

First White-Tailed Eagle of 2013

I love walks when you go out and you see something completely unexpected.  Well, today was one of those days.

I took my dog into the local hills for his walk. At the last minute I opted for a change of walking location after driving past where I was originally planning to go and seeing the car parking area full of cars and a snow plough.  I wanted somewhere less 'busy'.  A blessing in disguise, it turns out!

So, I drove to a location further down the road and started our walk up hill.  I turned back to admire the view and spotted a large bird soaring near a group of conifers.  My first thought was of a heron flying up from the river, but I realised that it was a bird of prey. No, it couldn't be, could it?!  I didn't have my binoculars with me - and, yes, I cursed at myself for the omission, I cursed a lot!  I was sure the bird I was seeing was a White-Tailed Eagle.  The large dark frame and those heavy-looking wing beats, a sight I am growing ever more familiar with.   Despite my doubting mind, I was almost sure this was not a buzzard I was seeing.

The bird in question went behind trees for a while and reappeared, flying away towards the hills and also the location of a reservoir.  I could see it soaring in the sky.  I did have my camera, so was snapping away as best I could in the hope that I would capture one image to prove what I was thinking I had seen. Sure enough I got one! It was taken some distance away, so I have cropped it in to make it easier to see. A good, if unexpected, start to the week!

Update 16 Jan: Radio tracking failed to pick up a signal yesterday for my Monday eagle sighting which was a shame, so I don't have an i.d on it yet. I'll keep my eyes peeled whenever I'm in the area, never know if it will appear to me again! Hopefully the ESSE team will get lucky and pick up a tracking signal at some point if it hasn't already moved on.

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Thursday, 10 January 2013

Frozen Loch Leven, January 2010

I took these photos back in January 2010 at the time of the 'big freeze'. Loch Leven was frozen enough for people to walk on the ice and I'm sure I remember reports of a microlight landing on it too.

The best memory I have I also captured on film: a deer walking across the ice!  An amazing sight, not something you get to see every day.

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