Great news regarding research on British basking sharks movements as the tagging program is to be extended for this year as well with Sea Life Surveys involved. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-21768556
One of my best mates Gary has just created his facebook photography page and the lad has to be one of the top young naturalists around and has taught me so much in general and almost everything I know about photography, his page is sure to have some stunning captures on starting with his one of Comet PanSTARRS showing this month. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gary-Storey-Photography/349454528498225
Here is my Focusing on Wildlife author page where you can read all my past articles. A few fresh ones in the making that will be live in the coming weeks. http://focusingonwildlife.com/news/author/EwMilo_GWW02/
Mothers day on the 10th so where better than a trip north over the border to D&G with Parents and dogs. The destination was Threave and the surrounding area. we started with the Red Kites as it was around feeding time for them and enjoyed some great views and it was great to see large numbers there watching the birds again. That was more rewarding than seeing the birds them selves that day.
We moved onto Threave it self to check the gardens first and then have a walk around the river Dee. A count of 12 Roe Deer in the fields with just one buck included. The surrounding area was as stunning as ever with the beautiful stretch of river and the castle as well. Duck on the river included Teal, Mallard, Goosander, Goldeneye and also a couple of Little Grebes. Over a hundred Lapwings and a few thousand Pinkies seen and another couple of distant Red Kites. No sign of Blue Winged Teal.
Great trip out...Happy Mothers day to my simply incredible Mam!!
Plenty of snow / landscape photography further down...click on photo for larger scale
|The value attached to birds of prey...|
A rich covering of snow arrived on Gdale as the sun broke through I headed out with my camera as opportunities were endless. After speaking to a local land owner he asked me to photograph his Exmoor Ponies and he would buy some prints off me and as there was four new born foals there as well today would be a good chance to get some shots. Here is a couple below...
|Mother and two foals...|
|A covering of snow made for very photogenic conditions|
|Hang fire amphibians! give it a few days...|
|The famous Gdale Ash...|
|Do you Cairn where this is??|
A nice number of Red Grouse grouping in the snow and 30 odd Redwing overhead. A single Raven heading up the valley as we see there numbers dropping and dropping as the crow traps do their job. A small number of Meadow Pipits in flight and a flock of Bullfinch as well. I steaked it out for Dippers on the river but no sign as I just did some landscapes at dusk when the sun dropped.
|A tad cold for swimming today!|
|Bring on the wall...|
|Dusk on the Gelt...|
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