|This rather cheeky ewe has moved in to Shorefield and was munching away on some seaweed over the weekend. Not sure of her provenance - but I know you pay a premium for salt-marsh lamb..!!|
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Monday, 31 January 2011
Sunday, 30 January 2011
These Goose barnacles were growing out of the bottom of a fish box washed up at the Shorefield. I filled the box full of other plastic detritus, an engine oil drum, cattle feed supplement bucket and lots of drinks and milk bottles and carted it up to the road.
|This male Red breasted merganser was fishing off Port Ban this afternoon and I eventually got up reasonably close. He was catching small flatfish - which were just that little bit too large to be swallowed easily. He managed in the end though...|
It has been a rather grey and miserable afternoon following a quick blast of midday sunshine. Typical Islay winter weather. The Barnacle geese seem to back to their more usual haunts and patterns of behaviour following the hiatus caused by the very cold spell.
Saturday, 29 January 2011
I have just dutifully submitted the results of a rather cold hour standing in the garden to the RSPB - and they are not really all thatr exciting. They included (in order of appearance) House, Sparrows, Starlings, Chaffinch, Blue tit, Great tit, Dunnock, Herring gull, Rook, Blackbird, Jackdaw, Robin and Collared Dove.
That was the list of birds IN my garden - the list of those seen FROM my garden was rather more impressive - but the RSPB, quite rightly, are not interested in those. They are not the purpose of the exercise...
Friday, 28 January 2011
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Wednesday, 26 January 2011
|Dairy cattle being paraded at the Islay Showground|
|Horses at the Islay Show|
|The Islay Lifeboat|
|MacBraynes buses at Port Askaig|
|Port Ellen Pier|
The Museum of Islay Life
|This is taken peering over the edge of the cliff. You can see a Kittiwake flying by down below while a Guillemot and Razorbill look up to see who has arrived...|
|The seabirds nest side by side - with the Kittiwakes building nests and the auks laying onto the bare rock. There is a significant build up of guano through the season...|
|If you crawl up to the edge and peer over with a long lens it is possible to get some close up portraits of the birds - which are not at all bothered by having their pictures taken|
|Here you can see the classic pointed shape of the Guillemot egg - the Darwinian explanation of the shape being that it is less likely to roll off the edge....|
|Razorbill eggs are not so pointed - but they tend to nest in nooks rather than on the open ledge. In either case, it is necessary to hatch chicks that have a developed sense of spacial awareness - otherwise they would fall off!!|
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
BBC Scotland have commissioned a series of programmes from Nigel Pope and John Aitchison, two of the best known producers of television wildlife documentaries. Filming will take place over two years and will result in four episodes based around the seasonal cycle in the Hebrides. It is anticipated that Islay will feature prominently. Set out below is an overview of the series produced by Maramedia, the production company owned by Nigel and John.
The INHT met with Nigel Pope last week - and we hope to bring you updates throughout the production process. The series is expected to be broadcast some time in 2013.
The team made its first visit to Islay last week - and was successful in obtaining 'exciting' footage - particularly featuring Golden Eagles on the Oa.