Friday, 11 July 2008


I had to lay on the beach at Culkein for some time before these birds decided that I was not a threat, very cold and uncomfortable but the picture was worth the discomfort

Lapwing chick

This little chick was foraging high up on the moors in Yorkshire on a very wet day quite close to the Tann hill inn the highest in England at 1732 ft ASL. (the one used for the Everest double glazing ads).
He appeared to be look dry despite the rain and had been ringed too.


This parent and offspring were high up, near the moors in Yorkshire, curlew chicks look very comical with their feet which seem to be about three sizes too big


Another inhabitant of Handa island and happy to pose at close quarters for a picture, very smart looking little birds

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Swallow fledgeling

This little bird, fresh from the nest was patiently waiting in the rain for it's parents to return with insects. he sat on a wire fence ten feet from the car quite unperturbed by our presence

Red Grouse

By using the car as a hide we were able to get close to lots of grouse but rarely was the weather good enough to get a decent picture. There were a lot of chicks with most pairs of adults so it must have been a very good year for them. sadly of course many will not live longer than the 'Glorious twlefth'...... the chick below walked right up to the car.


We were sheltering from the rain near Inchnadamph when this bird appeared in front of us and posed beautifully, obviously a bit of a show off.

White fronted goose

This singleton had perhaps been left behind by the flock that went North to the Arctic circle to breed, perhaps injured in some way but appeared to look healthy enough. this was another bird were were able to view from the conservatory at Culkein.

Great skua, AKA Bonxie

These birds were amazingly unafraid of humans and could be approached to within a few feet, the flight shot is from Clashnessie bay and the sitting bird from Handa island.


This little fellow posed for me on Handa island, the weather was terrible but the birds were great.


The youngsters having feasted on this pigeon, the adult then finished it and then flew around in circles carrying the remains behind it

Peregrine juvenile

Having just eaten a pigeon that its parents had brought in this young peregrine preened and showed himself off to us a Malham tarn in Yorks

Monday, 7 July 2008

Carrion crow

This very old looking bird is the tamest crow I have encountered, it would come within six feet for food to return to its offspring on top of Malham tarn.

Little owl

I cannot resist taking pictures of owls, these were seen on a drive in the dales

Grey heron

This juvenile heron was captured from the car window in the Yorkshire dales, normally a shy species this one posed happily in the sun, possibly not old enough to know any better


These fulmars are the aerial masters of the windy North, seen here near culkein


These noisy 'Oiks' were just along the coast from our cottage at Culkein

Eider and her chicks

This was another Culkein beach picture, the bird and her chicks was not at all alarmed by my presence and her six chicks bobbed around her like little furry corks


This very tame bird was on the beach at Culkein, it was quite unconcerned by my close proximityand carried on feeding unconcernedly

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Herring gull

This was the 'bully' at Culkein

Common gull

This was a regular in our holiday cottage at Culkein, high on the West coast of Scotland