Friday, 10 October 2014

Reflecting on Birds

It was a beautiful day at Musselburgh today, wonderful light for birdwatching. There were lots of birds around too! I was delighted to see 18 grey partridges at the Lagoons, this is well more than I've ever seen before and from talking to other people it sounds like it's well more than most people have seen in recent years. I also saw ruff, snipe, teal, wigeon, dunlin, golden plover, lapwing, curlew and a rook that seemed to be harrassing the other birds. Apart from the partridges there weren't high numbers of any of the birds but a lovely selection. Over the sea wall I got a distant view of a surf scoter hanging out with a group of velvet scoter.

I didn't take photos of any of these birds as they were too far away, but this carrion crow was more obliging. It's eating a fish that seemed to be still alive!

These Canada Geese by the River Esk were hilarious to listen to, they were making a lovely soft honking noise but also they were making a lot of noise as they were pulling at the grass and eating it.

And this mute swan just demanded to be photographed on the Boating Pond, where there are currently a lot of little grebes and today also another species of grebe, I'm not sure which species it was though (the grebes aren't in the photo)

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11 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

nice!

'Tsuki said...

Beautiful bird pictures... I specially enjoy the first one, with the crow : the reflection is so neat...

speedyrabbit said...

great photo's Juliet,xx Rachel

marshaleith said...

love the crow reflection

Fun60 said...

That crow has found himself a tasty treat.

Margaret Adamson said...

Great reflection in the 1st shot

EG CameraGirl said...

Lovely reflections in the middle photo.

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Have never seen a partridge. I have heard, though, that some people eat them?

Magyar said...

An echo of the swans

clouds float
above this changing water
the swans

Birds... of my favored friends.

__Fine photos Juliet; Canada Geese, it would seem, have "Passports" to "Anywhere!" Smiles! _m

sage said...

You have Canadian geese over there, too? They were such a rarity when I was a kid, now they are so many they are a pest.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Good reflections! Quite a few different wintering birds - including the snow geese - are beginning to show up here in North Puget Sound.