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p200hal



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:14 pm    Post subject: Best Spot of the Week? Reply with quote

My best spot of the week so far was on Sunday in the Ballochbuie Forest in the Braemar area, I spotted a Capercaillie, My second ever Caper., I was well chuffed. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last weeks best spot for me was an Osprey, i got some pics, well chuffed. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My best spot last week was in Helsinki. We spotted a Calidris acuminata there. Indeed the best spotting in Finland I have ever done.

The bird was three kilometres away from a place where I attended meeting on Saturday. Same morning there had been a 200 metres line to that birdtower, but when we arrived, we had instant access. We only had binoculars with us, but kind twitchers let us check the bird with telescopes.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gosh, I'd never heard of a sharp-tailed sandpiper! From looking it up, it seems you had a very rare sighting.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Kit

You have beat me to it, I was going to Google it, What's your best spot for last week ?? Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Three treecreepers! On the same tree!! I've never seen one before they are such beautiful little birds. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had a treecreeper nest in our shed this summer.

Here's a documentation of that sharp-tailed sandpiper, made by my daughter - eight years:
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_M__75-er-kY/TH0-C5Iev-I/AAAAAAAABl8/zT9JjnGhddg/s1600/Acuminata.bmp
-even Finnish kids see sharp-tailed sandpipers Mr. Green
It actually was the second sighting in Finland - the first was seen in 1984.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a great drawing, If I had not have known what it was, I would have had a guess at sharp-tailed sandpiper. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a brilliant drawing! Very Happy Your daughter is getting a wonderful education.

A treecreeper nest? Jammy! Did you get any photos?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kit wrote:
That's a brilliant drawing! Very Happy Your daughter is getting a wonderful education.

A treecreeper nest? Jammy! Did you get any photos?

Ehh.. dunnot remember did I bother Embarassed

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My best spot this week past was Ptarmigan, I was on a hill heading down into Loch Callater, Braemar area, they were not fully white they were stunning, it was my mates 1st ever Ptarmigan. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My best spot this week past was this young swallow which had no sense of fear from us, it even let my wife stroke it, I have never ever been able to get that close to a swallow before, made my weekend that did. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, that's amazing! They are such beautiful birds, it must have been wonderful to be able to get so close to one.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was amazing, they are normally so high up on power lines you cant get near them, but there was about five of them on a deer fence, they would fly along in front of us then double back, its as if they were playing.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

last Tuesday when heading to Aberdeen shopping (which I hate) my day was made when at Garlogie a beautiful Red kite crossed the road in front of my car, that was my best spot for the week. For safety reasons I did not try and take a photo. Smile
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