Swarovski ATM 80HD with 25-50x W eyepiece and Kite neoprene stay-on case. This is the magnesium (lightweight and strong) body. The optics are super sharp (as expected from Swarovski). It is boxed and in excellent condition (one careful owner). A bargain at £1000.
Contact: Dave Grant,
If like me you aren’t as up-to-date on your Siberian Chiffchaff identification as you’d like, then you’ll find the attached poster produced by Dave Grant essential reading. Using his photos of the bird that recently popped up in Auchenharvie and explanatory notes, you’ll be ready for when the next one pops up. Click on the icon to download the poster. Makes an ideal spousal Christmas present.
Again, we have a nice mix of the rare and common with stunning photos. The really impressive bit was getting the photo in good light and blue skies: not easy this autumn! The above are just a sample: please go to the Photo Gallery to see all the other great pictures.
I’m always on the hunt for photos to illustrate our Ayrshire Species List. David Lynn sent in, as he himself says, a record shot of the Lesser Yellowlegs that popped up at Capringstone in Irvine. Doesn’t matter: as it is the first photo we have, it gets the glory, and being only the third record for the county (TBC by the Great+Good), also gets a place in the Ayrshire Rare Species List
My thanks go to Dave Grant, Angus Hogg, and David Lynn for their contributions.
The Autumn 2019 issue of The Gannet, the club newsletter of the RSPB Central Ayrshire Local Group is now available: click here to download it .
The Autumn 2019 issue of The Stonechat, the club newsletter of the Ayrshire Branch of the SOC is also now available: click here to download it .
The more observant may have noticed previously that browsers such as Chrome would say this site was “insecure” and give you concern. Given that it’s a birding website and I don’t hold sensitive information (e.g. credit card info, nuclear launch codes, etc) there isn’t a problem. However, to avoid even the slightest worry I’ve switched to using an SSL to secure the site. This means that no-one can eavesdrop on you browsing all the site’s goodies. The site’s URL is now officially https://www.ayrshire-birding.org.uk but if you use the old http one you’ll be redirected automatically to the nice safe, secure one.
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My thanks go to Dave Grant, Bruce Kerr, Jamie McPike and Bob Ross for their contributions to the Photo Gallery.
Attached is the July 2019 Newsletter for BTO members and volunteers in the Ayrshire region.
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.
The latest issue of Ayrshire Bird Report, covering 2015 and 2016 is now available. The price is £8.00 and is available from:
- SOC Ayrshire meetings
- RSPB Central Ayrshire meetings
- SWT Ayrshire meetings
- Mrs Anne Dick, Rowanmyle House,
Cheques should be made payable to “Ayrshire Bird Report” and include £1.50 for p&p.
The Arran Bird Report 2018 has now been published and is available from:
Arran Natural History Society
c/o Lindsey and Robert Marr,
Isle of Arran,
Email: Arran Natural History Society
£5.00 + £1.75 p&p