Thursday, 25 November 2010

Dam it's cold... Part 2

In the last few days, South Yell has seen temperatures just below freezing, with quite heavy snow fall and bitterly cold winds. This weather combination has made birding less enjoyable, and more of a challenge! But as always I'm up for a challenge, and I've been out and about (dragging my poor dog behind me as well!) and still managed to see a few nice birds (for this time of year!... any birds are good). Highlights for me are the 2 Mealy Redpolls, 1 Water Rail, 13 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Robins and 'strangely' 7 Pheasants!!!

This Water Rail was quite confiding, but the light was crap, so shutter speeds were down to as low as 1/50th sec, and the iso between 800/1600... not ideal, but still managed some semi-decent results!


  1. Funny thing is, I said to my daughter on the way to school this morning, 'there'll be some Water Rails about with this cold snap' - I also then found one at Skaw on Unst.


  2. Next time you want to make a 'prediction', can I suggest you aim a wee bit higher.... ie; Hawk Owl? Seriously though, I don't reckon these will be the only ones seen recently either!