We hope you like our cuckoo film ,

After meeting up with Raymond on the Sherrifmuir above my home in Dunblane,   and after photographing a cuckoo over the past couple of days, where I managed to get  some nice still shots , I  was still looking for some good film footage.

Ray had come to my rescue,  after a discussion between us I informed Ray to get his film camera ready as I was going to call the cuckoo in with an old trick of mimicking the cuckoos call !  first time as well as you can see on the film.

I successfully called the cuckoo in to our location and Raymond as usual got superb film of it with the added bonus of a chaffinch mobbing it.

Well done Ray,
Job done
We now have a Scottish cuckoo whisperer ha ha.ha.!!!!!!!!!!!



Some Of The Photos I Took.



Pheasant at Sheriffmuir (30th April 2013)


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The Scottish Owl Centre in Polkemmet Country Park.

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Indian Eagle Owl Starts New Life in Scotland

A Three -week-old Indian Eagle owl has flown the nest from his birthplace in England, and has started a new life in a West Lothian country park.

Rocky, the Indian Eagle owlet, with a feathery friend at Polkemmet. Picture: SWNS
Rocky, the Indian Eagle owlet, with a feathery friend at Polkemmet. Picture: SWNS

Owlet ‘Rocky’, whose origins lie in Nepal, near the Himalayan Mountains, is also known as the Rock Eagle Owl – hence his name – and arrived at the Polkemmet Country Park in West Lothian, where he is surrounded by many other owls from Asia, Africa, Europe and South America.

Rocky, who was born bald like all baby owls, will have feathers in a few weeks time, enabling him to fly.

Unlike humans, who take around 20 years to become adults, Rocky will be around the same size as his parents within 10 weeks, according to Rod Angus, owner of the Scottish Owl Centre.

The young owl will eventually grow to be the same size as a buzzard.

Rocky will be trained for displays at the centre, once he has grown accustomed to his new surroundings and settles in to his new home.

Oasis Of Wildlife At Lecropt

Lecropt Is An Oasis of Wildlife,

When Other Places Fail, It Doesn’t !

at Lecropt

Lecropt is one of my favourite places on my journey when cycling to and from the River, each day I observe various and different Wildlife while having a rest on my returning journeys.

The countryside of Lecropt has an abundance of Wildlife and various species of wild plants and trees.

The photos I have posted have been taken souly on the land of Lecropt over a couple of days, the most popular bird which it’s famous for, is the Lecropt Buzzard’s, which can be seen soaring above the woods on ‘Hangman’s hill’,  (aptly named).

Many years back Lecropt was a vibrant community, having their own laws , school and church, self governed with its very close and tight community.

(Vulpes vulpes)

A couple of nights ago I spotted the Foxin a field below the church, one minute it was there the next it had vanished into the long grass I managed to get the camera out quickly and got the one shot.

As soon as I got home I couldn’t resist getting out the brushes and canvas , and started painting a Red Fox,while it was still fresh in my mind. What you see in the photo of me next to the painting, is the first layer of paint, and has lots detail still to add but when I finish it, I will post the finished painting on FWN.

The Fox inspired me to paint.

The Red Kite which is my first of this species and the  Common Spotted-orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) I photographed today on my return journey home, so if your ever wanting to see a bit of Wildlife remember the name Lecropt, my little Wildlife oasis, which never fails me, when in other places does fail me for getting that photo.

Colin Statter

Swan Diary #8

After the excitement of discovering a new family on the pond last week, today was a pretty quiet day with the new chicks hiding away in the reeds on the far side.

I actually got the breed wrong !

What I thought were Coot chicks, were actually Moorhens, which have very distinctive red and yellow bill compared to the Coot,s who are white billed.

The bottom of the Cygnets neck is changing colour.
The Heron had just flown in beside the swans
Coot with its white bill
close up of Coot
Moorhen with chick behind it.
The one young Duckling here is from a different family to the 7 i showed previously
Unidentified chick ?

When I was on my way home, I came across a Buzzard sitting on some wires,I quicky got off my bike and managed to get these few shots before it took flight.

Buzzard, perched on wire
Distinctive shape of the Buzzard
Takes flight !

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Macro Safari On The River Forth by Brember Turner

Macro Safari, by Brember

Hi there,

Here are some shots I took on my first ‘Macro Safari’ for FWN,

And what a magnificent specimen we have for you, its the  Hawthorn shield bug

Hope you enjoy them > Brember Turner, FWN.



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The shield bug which you are most likely to come across is our largest species, the Hawthorn Shield Bug. This handsome green and red invertebrate can be found wherever suitable shrubby foodplants are available. Eggs are laid in spring and, over the summer, the nymphs feed on ripening red berries, particularly Hawthorn, but also feed Rowan, Whitebeam and Cotoneaster. The adults appear from late August and will often wander quite far from their foodplant, occasionally being attracted to lights at night, when they may turn up in moth traps. The adults go into hibernation in the late autumn, and then re-emerge to breed in the spring.

Grey Common Seal on the River Forth

Colin Statter

FWN Reporter, Colin Statter went out today to get footage of Wild Otter’s on the River Forth, instead Colin got another treat.

Filming from the newly erected  R.F.T.A.A., Fishing and Wildlife hide, a grey common seal appeared fishing for it’s dinner, as can be seen in the photos the grey seal got a lovely flounder flat fish, the seal after a struggle managed to swallow down the flounder.

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