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,
We now have a Scottish cuckoo whisperer ha ha.ha.!!!!!!!!!!!
Some Of The Photos I Took.
Swans are now nesting !
So my plan for today was to have a quick look at the Swan Pond then bike it to Riverside to check out the area on the River Forth where some Porpoise’s were spotted last week.
But as those who of us who film wildlife know you can’t really plan exactly what your going to see, so when I spotted a grey Heron in the far field, I set up up camera just in time to see it catching something. The timing was perfect and I had a good feeling today was going to be good.
The weather was sunny and warm compared to the past few days where rain and high winds were the norm. I took some photos of the Heron then moved down to the pond where the water was very calm and I could see lots of toads on the bottom of the pond.
Best was yet to come as I spotted one of the swans laying in the reeds , as I got closer I made out the edges of the nest she had built. This is what I had been waiting for, last year I started taking photos when the cygnets were born so I was determined to film them as the built the nest this year.
Filmed on the River Forth
A new species of plant, which has overcome infertility to evolve, has been found on the bank of a stream in Scotland.
He said it was a rare example of a species being found to have originated in the wild within the last 150 years. Only a handful of examples exists in recent history.
Dr Vallejo-Marin, a plant evolutionary biologist, said:
“Our discovery will help enable scientists to understand how new species form.
“Finding examples of the process in action is rare, so this is an exciting opportunity to study evolution as it happens.”
The new yellow flower is derived from the union of two American species, originally brought to the UK in the 1800s. Soon after their arrival, the parent plants escaped garden confines and began to grow in the wild along the banks of rivers and streams. Reproduction between these parents then produced hybrids which are now widespread in Britain.
Normally, genetic differences between two species render hybrid offspring infertile and unable to go beyond the first generation but, surprisingly,
Dr Vallejo-Marin said he found wild hybrid plants that have overcome these genetic barriers to possess fully restored fertility.
The fertile hybrid therefore represents a completely new species, native to Scotland.
His research is published in the journal, PhytoKeys.
Meanwhile, a highly invasive plant called piri piri burr, originally from New Zealand, has been found on the sand dunes near the Forvie national nature reserve in Aberdeenshire.
Mike Smedley, Scottish Natural Heritage‘s operations officer, discovered several patches of piri piri burr growing near a path a few hundred metres from the Forvie reserve.
It has already been found around the River Tweed in the Borders and around the coast in East Lothian, but Forvie is the furthest north it has been seen yet.
The day started well as I was cycling along the dirt path on my journey to the pond, a young Rabbit cut across the path.The weather was a vast improvement of the past few days as blue skies were appearing in early morning.
As I got nearer the pond I spotted a few Sparrows look for food in the nearby field, so I stopped and took some photos.
All along the telephone wires I could see Swallows and House Martins sitting and taking off to skim the tops of the field while
The constant ‘chatter’ of these amazing little birds is what always reminds me of summertime.
I was amazed to see, at first two Herons in the far field, until I scanned the horizon and then I counted three, then as I scanned left and right I spotted another two .That was five altogether, I,ve only ever seen one on various rivers.
Even the gulls were resting all along the fencing.
As I threw some food to the Moorhen I watched it swim to the far reeds to pass it on to one of its chicks.
The chick then dis-appeared back into the safety of the reeds
As I cycled home , again (like last week) I came across a Buzzard on some telephone wires. I stopped and took out my binoculars and watched fascinated, as it dropped into the field, out of sight for a moment, then taking flight with a vole in its clutches.