Osprey: With news being slow to come out due to the bird being first sighted during a vantage point bird survey, presumably due to the sensitivity to the project and clients involved I was just happy that news was put out in full with location details.
We moved pretty quickly once the bird was pinned down and began to be regularly seen coming out of a roost in a plantation woodland on the far side of Loch Grudie.
Black-throated Diver: Leaving at 1am and arriving at 9.30 Steve T and I bumped in to yong Oscar Puls and then traversed the steep hill toward the watch point together. Out of breath and sweating we arrived with seconds to go before the bird lifted off out of the tree line and took to the sky, before flying around and out of site.
These distinctive shorebirds have bold, dark spots on their undersides during the breeding season., but during the winter months they lose most of their spots. So having a nice summer plumage bird is a real treat.
Common Sandpiper: The spot sand gave us the runaround, having disappeared just as I arrived (typically) and it took awhile to relocate it and even longer to wait before it came closer.