Saturday, September 27, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
At last I managed to get some reasonable photographs of my favourite bird (tied with Wallcreeper). Hoopoes (Upupa epops) are very flighty birds when breeding and on most occasions when I've seen them in Southern climes I've been resigned to observing them without disturbance. The Dumfriesshire bird at Carsethorn on the Nith estuary in Scotland became increasingly habituated to the comings-and-goings of observers and photographers last week. Just by chance I had timed a visit back home to Ayrshire and so I had to make the short trip for this cracker.
When I arrived I spent about an hour crawling belly down in the sand (aka field craft) to approach it without disturbing it and annoying other observers... though most were only to keen to get close too. By the end of the day it was clear that walking right up to the bird was all that was needed - it just didn't seem to see humans as a threat. In fact the only time it looked alarmed was when the Pied Wagtails in the horse paddock alarm-called or gave flight calls while passing over. While showing amazingly close it kept to longer vegetation most of the time which was not ideal for eye-level shots. I went back down for a second day, by which time it was ridiculously tame and walking under tripods.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Monday, September 08, 2008
The Birds of the Hunterston Area: early years to1968
Ayrshire's Historical Roookeries
The Kestrel in Ayrshire 2007
Sparrowhawk Breeding Details 2007
Recent Rarities in Ayrshire
Ayrshire Butterfly Report 2007
It can be purchased from: The Bookshelf, Newmarket Str, Ayr; The Tourist Information Centre, Sandgate, Ayr; and Lochwinnoch RSPB Nature Reserve. Copies can also be obtained from treasurer Dick Vernon, 29 Knoll Park, Ayr, KA7 4RH ; postage now is 70p. Please send a cheque payable to the 'Ayrshire Bird Report'. Please visit the Ayrshire Birding website for further details or e-mail me.
Fraser Simpson (Editor)