|I have a brief apperance in the video mending the sail after it being ripped in a gale coming back from Orkney. I must of done an okay job as it held in a much larger storm on the way back to Norway. The video is pretty cool check it out!|
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The 100 year old boat from Norway adventures to Shetland, then on to Fair Isle. Followed by travel to Orkney and back to Fair Isle then Home to Norway. Along the stormy way I mended thier sail which you can see in this earlier post: http://fair-isle.blogspot.com/2011/07/mending-sails-well-this-is-something.html
Monday, November 28, 2011
|Henry's Turtle Cake|
Jr. Ace of Cakes
With the winds reaching 90 mph on Sunday morning - Storm Force 11 that's like a hurricane...
The rattling of the roof slates made quite a noise most of the night. We woke in the morning to find our chicken coup blew over and part of a stone dike came down. Very annoying damage was found around the hole island with more set backs to the wind turbine.
So we stayed inside most of the weekend and nothing fights cabin fever like baking!
Henry is a big fan of the American TV Show "Ace of Cakes"
Charm City Cakes - http://www.charmcitycakes.com/gallery
He had been wanting to try his hand in the kitchen. So we had lots of fun & yum!
|Mmmm... Chocolate Turtle|
|Good to the last bite!|
|Here is my creation...|
Thursday, November 24, 2011
It 's okay with these Turkeys if you want to wait til Christmas.
2 of the 3 Swans hanging about the Isle.
|Little Auk & Scaup found washed up on the South Haven Beach|
|Raising the wind turbine, man power for wind power!|
It is times like these when all the young able body men get together that you quickly realize we are all over 40
|The Reed Bunting from a few days ago... but I did not see it today the crop is all cut now and it my have moved on?|
|Dunnock (ringed) still hanging around... could stay for the winter?|
|Large flock of Snow Buntings viewed from my garden.|
In the South Harbour?
|Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus|
|Plenty of Purple Sandpipers like this one.|
|Welcome home & Happy Thanksgiving from Fair Isle.|
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
|Great Crested Grebe - North Haven|
13th Fair Isle record - 1st since April 2005
I had done no birding today but looking out the window a Robin & Dunnock being highlights. That is until I had to head down to help unload the Good Shepherd Ferry Boat. Drive bye birding saw geese of all kinds Greylag, Pink-Footed, White-Fronted & Bean Goose. 3 skylarks 2 Reed Buntings another 3 Robins along the way. The Bird Obs is empty as the Warden & family left this morning by plane. If they had taken the boat they would of seen the birds in the Haven.
|With the Good Shepherd still out to sea a bit... I took a few photos of this Grey Seal on the beach.|
|I Go the help unload the boat and Pat asks what was the duck in the Haven? What duck?|
Back to the car for my bins... I quickly spot this Scoter? and start taking record photos...
As it turned out other Fair Islanders saw it in the morning loading the boat and jokingly referred to it when asking each other what it was? Calling it an "Expensive Duck" I'm glad I saw it but I don't know if the warden saw it before leaving today? and if he did why didn't anyone call me?
|I can't help but think of Mickey Mouse... Cheers!|
Monday, November 14, 2011
|Under Wing Pattern|
|Henry, Sparrowhawk & David - Fair Isle Bird Observatory Warden|
Thanks for the call! It is great to see these birds up close.
David caught these birds on evening trap rounds and they all flew away happy.
|Owl & Fieldy|
|Henry's stare down with an Owl|
Sunday, November 13, 2011
|What's that with the Eiders?|
3 Scaup and a Tuffed Duck in the South Harbour
|One of each... Scaup, Tuffed Duck & female Eider|
Tuffed Duck - 3 Scaup - the middle one has a pointy head like Lesser Scaup but who can say?
|On the beach while photographing the Ducks I found this little "Wader" hanging with the Turnstone.|
leg colour changes depending on light and shadow
|Wing Pattern any help?|
|Redwing on South Harbour Cliff|
|Henry & I went down to the lighthouse to feed the fish in the studio.|
We saw 2 Blackcaps & a Dunnock on the way, plus Bramblings, Chaffinch, Redwings & Fieldfare.
|Henry spots this Snow Bunting just outside the studio tells me to take a photo.|
A small flock of about 20 have been hang around the south of the isle for a while now.
|The Girl on Skadan|
|One of the 2 Owls I saw Yesterday... I flushed one from my Garden recently.|
I wonder if they are the same two I saw driving to Darts Club Thursday night?
2:30pm and got a call as the sun was setting... Rough-Legged Buzzard in the north high on Ward Hill.
|My camera is not nearly as good as my binoculars... consent problem for blogging.|
Light was failing plus when it came close I was looking not taking pics.
|One Bean Goose... David the Warden counted 59 |
Other days highlights: 2 Reed Buntings at Netter Taft crop - Windchat at Chalet - Peregrine and Sparrowhawks
|The Buzzard scared up the Gulls|
Thanks that helps!