The Ravens

Two of the chicks had left the nest a couple of days ago. I went back yesterday and the nest was empty. It was fun watching these dudes grow up. First time I’ve ever spent time with ravens. They’re playful, intelligent, and considerate. I know they’re considerate because the parents recognised me and would thank me for the food I brought. They’ve repaid me with some amazing photographs I’ve waited a long time to get.

Here we have the two remaining chicks thinking about leaving, and Paw Raven posing for the camera.

Crows, Raven chicks

Crows, Raven

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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.

blog-greatskua

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

Song thrush

Not an especially memorable image of a Song thrush, but it’s special to me as it’s my first ever Song thrush photo! They are not as common as you might think. Not sure why that should be as Blackbirds are everywhere and they are the same family.

Thrushes, Song thrush

Kittiwakes

Here are a few images of kittiwakes nesting on the cliffs at Berriedale. Love spending time around Berriedale, especially when birds are nesting. So much treasure in the Highlands and people don’t even notice, all they do is complain about seagulls. If people don’t like seagulls, they shouldn’t choose to live in Highland seaside villages with harbours, they should fuck off and go live in London.

Seagulls, Kittiwakes

Seagulls, Kittiwake

Seagulls, Kittiwakes

Seagulls, Kittiwakes

Seagulls, Kittiwake