The Aberdeen and District RSPB members group had a day out. It was planned that we meet at the Linn o' Dee Car park at 10.00 for a bird watching walk.
Brian, Alex and I left from Fraserburgh and took a route that took us to Huntly on to Strathdon and over to Deeside via the A939 and B796 to join the A93 at Balmoral. This went over open Grouse Moor and sure enough there were Red Grouse aplenty. We had enough time to stop for photographs.
|Red Grouse looking like a Whisky Advert|
We even had time to get some habitat shots
|Brian getting close and personal to a Red Grouse|
|Blackcock and Greyhen in Flight|
At Glen Muick we saw more Black Grouse and more Red Grouse, a Snipe
Lots of Red Deer
A Peregrine - a long way away on top rocky outcrop.
|Male Crossbill |
Here are a few more images from the trip. Great landscapes.....
|Looking towards Lochnagar|
|Field Trip Leader Tony getting in the way of a Loch Muick view|
.....more common birds....
.....and the group
|It is Brian looking back at the camera.|
But the days story does not end there or even with the trip home.
On the way back I got a message that a Bonaparte's Gull was at the Loch of Strathbeg. Other messages came through saying that it was 'now in a ploughed field' and 'not seen for ten minutes'. Alex and I decided to look for it and there it was in the ploughed field. I have to say that we only saw it thanks to Paul who had re-found the bird after it had left the Strathbeg reserve.
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