Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Some live wildlife for a change!

We woke up to glorious sunshine this morning, so I decided to get out with the camera while the sun shone and worry about work this afternoon. Good decision, as it turned out, because the sun went in around 11 and it rained on and off for the rest of the day. Still, I went down to Port a' Chinn again and this was the view from the top:

Port a Chinn

The rabbits were out and about (the lines across the picture are sheep netting):

Rabbit 2

Rabbit 1

and I don't know who was more surprise, me or this rock pipit when it landed on a tractor tyre about 10 feet in front of me:

Juvenile thrush?

I climbed back up from Port a Chinn and went down to Armadale bay to check on the ringed plover family. Thanks to the wind over the past few days, the nest had been covered over with sand and I found one dead chick. But both adults were still around and getting very agitated when I went towards one area of the beach, so I'm hopeful that the other three chicks are live and kicking, although I didn't find them. I got some better shots of the parents this time:

Ringed plover 2

Ringed plover 4

I also saw this bird - wasn't too sure what it was and thought it might be a juvenile oystercatcher, but turns out it's actually a sandpiper:

Juvenile oystercatcher? 1

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