A thundery afternoon gives me an opportunity to deal with the large backlog (as usual) of photos kindly sent in for the Photo Gallery. We have the usual mix of the commoner (but still worthy) species, rarities and distinct odd-balls. For example, Cathy Cochrane’s picture of a Whitethroat demonstrates something I’ve learnt is what serious photographers call Bokeh (every day is a school day here at Ayrshire Birding). Bruce Kerr managed to get a flight picture of the Great Egret that popped up in Loch Doon. Dave Grant got a nice picture of the Pied Flycatcher that set up home in Glen Afton.
I’m always on the hunt for photos to illustrate our Ayrshire Species List. Dave was very close with a picture of a female Blackbird but sadly we already have one (just one!) from a decade ago. It just shows that beautiful commoner species are often overlooked. Angus was sneaky and submitted a picture of Egyptian Geese that isn’t even on the official list (I had to make an Editorial decision and add it so he could get the glory: I put it down as an Escape – I’m sure the Great&Good will put me right).
The above is just an amuse–bouche of the goodies that were sent in: please go to the Photo Gallery to see all the other great pictures.
My thanks go to Cathy Cochrane, Dave Grant, Angus Hogg, and Bruce Kerr for their contributions.
A rainy afternoon at the end of Winter gives me an opportunity to deal with the large backlog of (non-Chough) photos kindly sent in for the Photo Gallery. In this short selection we start with Owls and Alan Brown’s superb photo of a Long-eared Owl at Hunterston that made his day, and a sequence of photos by Angus Hogg of Bogside’s aerobatic Short-eared Owls. Bruce Kerr did a great job of ensuring the crowds assembled at Stevenston for the release of an Ivory Gull didn’t spoil his photos. Dave Grant’s photo of a male Bullfinch gives a lovely wintry feel. Finally, Jamie McPike’s Kestrel is enjoying some late winter sunshine. Please go to the Photo Gallery to see all the other great pictures sent in.
My thanks go to Dave Grant, Angus Hogg, Bruce Kerr and Jamie McPike for their contributions.
The appearance of a Chough at Turnberry Point at the end of January coincided with some nice weather and so I’m grateful for the lovely photos sent in for the Photo Gallery. Given it has been almost 90 years since the last reliable record of the bird in the county, Angus Hogg has produced an informative article on the status of the species in the county. My thanks to Dave Grant, Angus Hogg and Bruce Kerr for their photos.
In this time of grey skies it is nice to see a bit of colour and the photos in this batch certainly do that: Dave Grant’s Kingfisher and Angus Hogg’s Med Gull against a blue sky (remember them?). Then we have Bruce Kerr’s intimate picture of a Woodpigeon feeding its young. And finally, for all you Pipit fans out there, we have a trio: Meadow, Rock and Water. I’ve grouped them together in the Wetland Birds section so you can look at the differences more easily. (Slightly interestingly: the Meadow Pipit picture is the first of this species since 2006.)
My thanks go to Dave Grant, Angus Hogg, and Bruce Kerr for their contributions to the Photo Gallery.
It’s that time of year when the various social clubs start their winter meetings programme and their secretaries remember at the last minute that it might be a good idea to tell people about it. Hence the recent request to update the Events list. (RSPB Central Ayrshire should be any day now…; North Ayrshire gave up a long time ago)
Update 12-Sep: RSPB Central Ayrshire finally made it.
After that lovely summer there’s been a pile of excellent photos sent in, and I apologise for the delay in publishing them – I’ve been far too busy sitting in the garden keeping the Chilean wine industry going! However, there are some stunning pictures and not just of the exotic stuff. Dave Grant even managed an addition to the Ayrshire Bird List with a photo of roughly 25% of a Grey Partridge. His photo of the Northern Bald Ibis will need to wait for the Great&Good to pronounce on its provenance.
My thanks go to Dave Grant, Angus Hogg, Bruce Kerr and Iain H Leach for their contributions to the Photo Gallery.