Swan Diary #2 (4th April 2014)

So I have been regularly visiting the Swans Pond with not much to report … until today ! I biked it down as usual but found them building a nest a little bit up from where the had built one last year, but it is still close to the path so that is good  for me being able to film them.

There has been a lot of rainfall the past few days here in Scotland and the rivers and ponds have high water levels in them just now, but the swans seem to have built it up nice and high so hopefully it wont get washed away like their previous nest they had built 3 years ago.

Once I had filmed them I was heading towards the Thunder-bridge to go home but my path was blocked by the Bannock burn over flowing so I had to turn back from the way I had came.

When I go to the swans nest I noticed something in the nest as , awesome ! it was an egg already, so I got out my camera and took some more video of it.

So good news for the swans and hopefully we will see some cygnets this year !

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Roe Deer at Sheriffmuir (2013)

FWN took a ride up to Sheriffmuir and were delighted to spot four Roe Deer in the long grass, we quickly got out a camcorder and managed to film them as they made off and jumped the fence in the distance.

Swan Diary #11

Yesterday was a fine, sunny, Autumnal day so I took the opportunity to visit the Swan Pond. As I reported last week the swans had migrated and only the Ducks a few moorhens are there just now. Also some seagulls looking for easy meals from the local people bringing bread and corn seeds on there daily walks.

As I approached the pond I always check out the far fields where the Herons usually sit. My binoculars panned to the far off wood and I was rewarded with a magnificent site of a Roe Deer feeding on the grass in front.

As I looked I then realised there were three deer, I quickly got my camera and took a few photos, unfortunately my camera isn’t equipped with a powerful lens but at least I got some images.

I changed to movie mode and I filmed them as they made their way into the Heron field. It was so thrilling to watch them albeit from afar.

Roe Deer

Roe Deer picture 1The roe deer is primarily found in areas of mixed woodland but is capable of adapting to a wide variety of habitats. It is a small deer and is reddish-brown in summer, while greyer in winter months. The roe deer is generally more solitary than its larger red cousin, and is to be found at lower altitudes. They are distinguishable facially by a black ‘moustache’ stripe and white chin, and also by a cream coloured rump patch. Male roe deer are larger than females and have short antlers bearing no more than three points.When to see this species : Spring, Autumn

 

Oasis Of Wildlife At Lecropt

Lecropt Is An Oasis of Wildlife,

When Other Places Fail, It Doesn’t !

Colin
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.

Fox
(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.

Enjoy
Colin Statter
FWN

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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