Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Birds at Castle Espie in December

On my way home from the Quoile pondage as the weather had improved and the sun had come out, I called into castle Espie to photograph some ducks.

While I was motoring along the shores of Strangford Lough, I spotted this Redshank.

This is one of the views from the car and there are quite a number of waders.

This has been heavily cropped to show you Black tailed Godwits.

When I arrived at Castle Espie, this lovely male Chaffinch greeted me. 
The following ducks etc are in the collection at Castle Espie WWT.

 Hooded Merganer


Male and female Shoveler

 Bahama Pintail

Male Eider

 Red crested Pochard


Black Swan


Male Shoveler

 Oops!  Bit of a nose drip!


Male Pintail

Wood Duck or Carolina Duck

PumaTeal at top, Cinnamon Teal male and female

Red breasted Geese

White faced Whistling duck

 Marbled Teal

 Baikal Teal

 Laysan Teal

View of Crannog and Limekiln hide in distance. 
These next shots are the wild part of Castle Espie


Oystercatchers and Redshank in distance.
That completes my day out birding which has taken my 3 post to finish so I hope you found something of interest.
Many thanks for visting.
I appreciate all your comments very much so thanks.


  1. HI FOLKS. JUST TO LET YOU KNOW I AM HAVING TROUBLE GETTING INTO MY OWN BLOG ON MY LAPTOP AND NOW CANNOT (at present) MAKE ANY MORE POSTS!! Although I have a mini Ipad I cannot access my photos from here or video. HERE's hoping it fixes itself SOON! have a great day.

  2. Lovely collection of photos, Margaret. The Bufflehead might be one of my favourite birds ever thanks to this post! Lots of introduced birds in that location I am assuming? Surely you don't get Whistling-Ducks and Bahama Pintail in Europe?

    I hope you resolve your computer issues soon, I look forward to your posts! :)

  3. Wonderful variety of ducks and birds.. Great photos, Margaret. I hope you computer problems are solved soon, have a happy day!

  4. Wow Margaret, I have never seen so many assorted ducks...how marvelous, and your images are grand. I must confess, I never remember signing on for Google shares and I hardly ever go on that sight. I see your name, and other friends, but do not even know how to work the whole thing...sigh! I have been on FB since 2009 and know how that works, but just cannot figure out the Google groups etc...

  5. fabulous assortment here Margaret; great post. I really liked that Bufflehead.

  6. what a great set of photos of gorgeous ducks! i do hope your blog issues will be cleared up, soon.

  7. Such a variety of beautiful birds. Great post. Blog problems hit all of us from time to time. Hope yours will soon be past.

  8. Oh my goodness, what awesome photos!

  9. Oh my goodness, what awesome photos!

  10. I could ramble on here today but I'm limiting myself to saying what wonderful shots,I didn't know that red breasted geese existed-more of yesterday would great too, I'm sure your artistic streak is endless!

  11. What a wonderful outing. Thank you.

  12. Fantastic selection of shots Margaret, I love the green sheen on the Pintails head :-)

  13. Spectacular photography.The colours are so vivid.I especially love the head of the Bufflehead,but all are amazing.

  14. You live in such a beautiful corner of the world. Those landscapes are fantastic.

  15. All of these photos of the different ducks are marvelous. You've gotten some excellent portraits.

  16. Great photos of all of the birds. Not sure I could pick a fav today--but the Red Breasted Geese really caught my eye!!!! Thanks for sharing.