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Not an especially memorable image of a Song thrush, but it's special to me as it's my first ever Song thrush photo! They are not as common as you might think. Not sure why that should be as Blackbirds are everywhere and they are the same family.

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Brora beach isn’t just an amazing walk, it is an amazing place to see birds. Here are a few I managed to take photos of yesterday.

The Arctic terns are here. They’re not nesting yet, but they’re here, enjoying a break from their yearly circumnavigation of planet earth, flying from pole to pole, staying with the daylight. And to think they stop off here in Brora to raise a few chicks.

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Spotted a couple of Little terns as well. Not sure if they’ll be nesting yet, but I’ll keep an eye on the little fellas. They’re so small I thought they were Sanderlings from a distance.

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The Ringed plovers are well established and you can usually spot one or two on every walk.

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This isn’t a very good photo, as he was well offshore, but this is a Great skua. You don’t see these big fellas very often around here. Handa Island would be the place just now I would think for Skuas.

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I’m not 100% sure if these are Sanderlings or Dunlins. As these birds don’t appear to have dark patches on their chest, I’m going for Sanderlings in summer plumage.

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And no walk along Brora beach would be complete without an oystercatcher for company.

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Eider ducks are now well established in Brora. Wasn’t always so. A few decades ago, there were none, they just weren’t here. It’s good to see them.

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Two of the chicks had left the nest a couple of days ago. I went back yesterday and the nest was empty. It was fun watching these dudes grow up. First time I’ve ever spent time with ravens. They’re playful, intelligent, and considerate. I know they’re considerate because the parents recognised me and would thank me for the food I brought. They’ve repaid me with some amazing photographs I’ve waited a long time to get. Here we have the two remaining chicks thinking about leaving, and Paw Raven posing for the camera.

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Good memories from a recent trip over to Handa Island on the West Coast. I’ll be visiting there again.

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These birds are beautiful, gorgeous colours. Amazing that they come to Scotland to breed.

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Handa Island is a nature reserve on the west coast of Scotland managed by the Scottish Wildlife trust. You turn up, and they whisk you over by boat. Amazing island for getting close to birds, especially Puffins, Arctic skuas and Great skuas. The Handa Island skuas you've already met, so here are a few of the puffins.

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Love these little birds, but they're difficult to get close to with a camera. This one was in the trees one morning while I was walking through the Big Burn woods at Golspie towards the waterfall. I have another photo of a wren somewhere, but can't find it right now. At least I have one photo! I'm always on the lookout for wrens.

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There is no need to climb mountains or swim oceans to get decent photos of birds, your back garden will do just fine. Even sparrows can look amazing in good light, and they're excellent for practice, for getting to know birds and your gear and how to take decent photos.

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This one came out well. I think I take about 1000 photos of birds in flight for every one like this I keep.

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