Monthly Archives: September 2011

No (R)egret – well just a few.

It was always going to happen. Being summoned to Inverness for work in late September is always risky. To date it hasn’t been costly from a bird point of view, but this time a call at lunch break on day … Continue reading

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Hoist the ‘Maple Leaf’ over south Harris – the Canadain Arctic youngsters are here.

It has turned out to be the best year for North American shorebirds in Britain and Ireland ever. With gangs of Buff breasted Sandpipers on the wander in Ireland (23 being the peak flock) and talk of 36 Semi palmated … Continue reading

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“Awesome” summer relived

I don’t profess to be a photographer, but would love to have the time, money and patience to get to grips with it one day. Time being its about getting digiscoped record shots to capture that memory. Some friends have … Continue reading

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Following in the footsteps of Chessmen

The Lewis Chessmen have been to Uig this week, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-14835915 so it seemed an idea for me and Tristan to follow them. The highlight being catching up with Mr Snowy Owl. Quite a character today we watched as he walked … Continue reading

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Otter chase

Driving back north through Benbecula the car in front did a very dodgy swerve and kept going. Nothing new there, many locals drive like maniacs on speed, but a moment later I was staring at an otter roadside – was … Continue reading

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Madeiran Petrel off Lewis in 2005 – Scotland (and Britain’s) first?

Ok. With a couple of recent claims in SW England and some online discussion, which as ever is going well off track, I dug out the details of the bird which I had 6 years ago and got pics of. … Continue reading

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Nope that’s no Tope – it’s a SHARK!

Walking on Barvas beach on Thursday I spotted what looked like a seal from a distance. Closer approach showed it to be a shark type. Tope I thought? 6 foot long with shark teeth and a pointed nose resonated with … Continue reading

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