Archive for July, 2007

Willow Tit challenge

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

I had noticed a Willow Tit in the garden during the week, so spent some time today trying to persuade it to stand still long enough to be photographed. When it was seen it dashed for some food and then disappeared to a more protected area to digest in peace and quiet. Here are the best shots of the day, which I would describe as satisfactory.



Starlings find the Woodpeckers food

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

Baby Starlings invaded the feeding station today. The Woodpecker stands it ground against the flurry of noisy Starlings, but they still manage to get the food. If you look closely you can see some peanuts pushed into holes in the bark of the wood. That is what attracts them to this particular section of wood.


Garden bird activity

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

My regular delivery of wild bird foods arrived today, which resulted in a lot of activity around the feeders. Lots of young starlings fighting each other, blackbirds and blue tits. A Willow tit was back and forth for the sunflower seeds but chose to fly away and eat the seed.

This is one of this years Greater Spotted Woodpeckers that nested in the woods nearby. It has been visiting for food most days recently.


Some baby birds as well….



Edingburgh Zoo

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Whilst on the way back from Mull, we drove East to spend a few days in Edingburgh. Sunday gave us some sunshine, so we called into their Zoo. Most of the big cats were behind dirty glass, so I concentrated on the larger animals outside. Here is my favourite image of the day.


Seals at Mull

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Spent a few days earlier this month in the West Coast of Scotland. Golden Eagles and Sea Eagles could be seen on Mull with binoculars as well as Otters in the coastal waters. I took a boat trip out to see a family of common seals. Here is one balancing nicely on it’s favourite rock.

Seal at Mull

And some members of the family.