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,
We now have a Scottish cuckoo whisperer ha ha.ha.!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
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.
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 LecroptBuzzard’s, which can be seen soaring above the woods on ‘Hangman’shill’, (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.
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 RedFox,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 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.
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.
FWN Reporter, Colin Statter went out today to get footage of WildOtter’s on the RiverForth, instead Colin got another treat.
Filming from the newly erected R.F.T.A.A., Fishing and Wildlife hide, a greycommonseal appeared fishing for it’s dinner, as can be seen in the photos the greyseal got a lovely flounderflatfish, the seal after a struggle managed to swallow down the flounder.