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    A few Scottish birds

    I was back up in Sutherland last week and had the chance to get out with the camera.

    No prizes for guessing these:













    This one, though, has me stumped - they were mostly in pairs by the track, a little smaller than pigeon sized. No idea what it is!

    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    Wish I could take photos like that.

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    Is that a male Hen Harrier Dom? Good capture that.

    John
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    Quote Originally Posted by JAYB View Post
    Is that a male Hen Harrier Dom? Good capture that.

    John
    It is indeed. I was lying in wait for some deer to appear from a wood when this chap arrived - I just had time to grab a few shots before he disappeared over the wood.

    This is the first year I've seen the Osprey in the glen, which was fantastic.

    The eagle we see most years, but typically this was the closest we've been and I only had the 105mm lens on the camera

    The golden plover was nesting just near the track, so most mornings I'd hear it if not see it.

    It was colder this year than last July, so other than the birds there didn't seem to be as much wildlife around
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    I like the Hen Harriers, used to see them far less than Osprey and Eagle. I have somewhere a piece of film I took years ago, in Caithness, of a male flying along a hedge line when a small bird emerged from the hedge and the Harrier extended a leg and snatched the poor unfortunate small bird. I miss the selection of the more rare species that I got in the Highlands.


    John
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    Quote Originally Posted by bogtrotter View Post
    Wish I could take photos like that.
    So do I.
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    See a few of them here, think they are mistle thrushes similar to fieldfares.

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    Agree with tweed breeks the last picture looks to be mistle thrush.....
    Opinions are like arseholes....... we all have them, and most of them stink

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    Quote Originally Posted by basil View Post
    So do I.
    Come now, your bird photos are exceptional
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    They are great pics,and so are yours Basil!!

    Martin

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