Saturday, April 15, 2023

πŸ“– 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 ~ Cullen & Strathbeg ~ 15/04/2023

🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Saturday 15th April 2023 ☀️8C ~ E @ 1MPH ~ An early morning jaunt across the county border into Moray today, setting off around 06:30 in thick fog. By the time I arrived at Cullen Bay Holiday Park an hour later, it was glorious sunshine and calm seas.

Excellent conditions for sea watching today!

This is a great place to scope for White-billed Divers at this time of year and today, along with a local birder called Raymond who I met on site we managed an amazing eight birds, possibly more but two of which were in full summer plumage. We spent a very productive few hours also recording of note (2) Black-throated Divers, at least (3) Great Northern Divers and several Red-throated Divers.

Unfortunately always in direct sunlight  but a shot of the Drake Garganey at Strathbeg

On route home, I stopped for an hour at RSPB Loch of Strathbeg and eventually found the Drake Garganey that I dipped on during my last visit here on the 12th, it was in the pool behind the Dunbar Hide. In fact, there was a pair, the female mainly feeding deep within the grasses.

Drake Garganey