Sunday 13 January 2019

Birds on Arthur's Seat

We had a lovely walk round Arthur's Seat yesterday. There were plenty of birds to see including this male pheasant

Pheasants aren't uncommon on Arthur's Seat but we've rarely had one come so close to us. His colours are really magnificent.

Up above the ravens were performing their aerobatics

one of the ravens turned upside down while we were watching, which is something they often do as part of their displays).

Another member of the crow family, the jackdaw, was checking out nest holes in the walls and trees and gathering in large, noisy groups

While down on Duffingston Loch, even at this distance we could see how angry this male mute swan was about something (click on the picture for a closer look).

 Remember, the Big Garden Birdwatch is coming soon- find out more here.


Lowcarb team member said...

I like the photographs you've shared here.
Yes, that pheasants colourings are gorgeous.

All the best Jan

Bill said...

Nice captures of the birds. After reading your comment, I did a search and found a photo of the crowds of people who gathered to take photos of the European Robin. The robin is quite the star. :) Thanks and have a wonderful new week.

carol l mckenna said...

What a lovely nature walk and wonderful photos ~ great post ~ ^_^

Happy Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We like to watch crows and ravens soar and play on the air currents ..l guess it is part of displaying, but it looks as if they’re just having fun!

Caroline Gill said...

A lovely walk, Juliet, with the corvids. We have a nest a little beyond my window high up in the branches, and I'm waiting to see if it will be 're-purposed' for a new corvid family soon ...