Brora Beach Birds

Brora beach isn’t just an amazing walk, it is an amazing place to see birds. Here are a few I managed to take photos of yesterday.

The Arctic terns are here. They’re not nesting yet, but they’re here, enjoying a break from their yearly circumnavigation of planet earth, flying from pole to pole, staying with the daylight. And to think they stop off here in Brora to raise a few chicks.

Arctic tern

Spotted a couple of Little terns as well. Not sure if they’ll be nesting yet, but I’ll keep an eye on the little fellas. They’re so small I thought they were Sanderlings from a distance.

Terns, Little terns

The Ringed plovers are well established and you can usually spot one or two on every walk.

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This isn’t a very good photo, as he was well offshore, but this is a Great skua. You don’t see these big fellas very often around here. Handa Island would be the place just now I would think for Skuas.

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I’m not 100% sure if these are Sanderlings or Dunlins. As these birds don’t appear to have dark patches on their chest, I’m going for Sanderlings in summer plumage.

blog-dunlin

And no walk along Brora beach would be complete without an oystercatcher for company.

Oyster catcher

Eider ducks are now well established in Brora. Wasn’t always so. A few decades ago, there were none, they just weren’t here. It’s good to see them.

Ducks, Eider duck

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