Friday, 27 June 2014

WEEKEND REFLECTIONS - Copeland Island Trip in May

These are a few reflection shots from my trip in May this year to the the Copeland Island.  I was quite excited that  we were going out in this rib which the Copeland Bird Observatory had purchased this year.  It is FAST and great fun and only takes between 7-10 minutes depending on the weather. It can hold 12 passengers however if you saw yesterday's post, there were only 3 of us going over for the weekend.  The first 5 shots are taken on the Friday evening when I arrived on the island.



This is looking down from a cliff top to one of the two jettys we have one the island.


There is only one pond on this island and can be seen when you are washing the dishes and of course we are ever hopeful that we may see a Water Rail in the vicinity.  Although it was heard I didn't see it!


There are quite a number of Eider nesting on this island.


 A Fulmar flying past.  Some of them nest on the cliff that I was standing on and I was trying to look over and get some shots!  (See in later post)


Wesley and I knew we were going to have a busy Saturday because apart from checking the mist nests and traps every 10- 15 mintues that we had put up on Friday evening to see if any birds had been trapped, then at 10.3oam we were expecting the rib back with 4 volunteers to pick up some rings that they needed when going over to Mew Island to ring the Eiders.  We made our way down to meet them and very quickly Wesley handed over the rings.  

We waved our good byes, quickly came back, checked the nets etc, and Wesley ringed some birds. 

I was expecting 20 people who I had organised to come over to the island for a day trip.  Some of them where my bird class and others were my nursing friends and their husbands and were arriving at 11.30am but that story will have to wait for another day. (To be continue on Monday) 

I have a very short video which can be accessed at

http://youtu.be/kSlfe47Nw90

If there is a black space below,click it and the video will appear.



Sorry the reflections were not great today, they will be better next week, nevertheless I hoped you enjoyed the post and my continuing story of my weekend on Copeland Island in May.

I am linking this post with Jame's WEEKEND REFLECTIONS

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32 comments:

  1. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. And thank you.

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  2. Wonderful pictures. Have a great weekend.

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  3. I just had a thought here this morning that you'd be a difficult woman to keep up too though lots of fun trying :-). Wonderful post.

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    1. hi Lynn Well that made me smile, not sure if there i a hidden compliment in there but usually when folks are out and about with me, they do have fun. Life is too short to be negative and miserable. The older you get, the more I think this way and one never knows when our time will be up (thanks goodness), therefore I try and live life to the full. Have a great weekend..

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  4. Wonderful photos of the island and the birds.. I love the Eiders. Have a happy weekend!

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  5. I would love a play in that RIB but they aren't very kind to my old bones. Hydraulic seats help.

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    1. Hi Adrian Them bone, them done, them, dry bones!! You know how the song goes! It was a great ride, a bit rougher coming back on another occasions. In later post or it may be on a video (later) you will see the seas the other day we came home in the rib. Of course there is NO chance of any shots while on the rib as it is FAST. Have a great weekend.

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  6. i enjoy the boat shots. looks like a fun ride. i love the seagull shot. so cool how he is right there. he planned that, right?? ( :

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  7. Three interesting posts documenting your trip to Copeland Island Margaret. You managed to capture lots of lovely images along the way.
    Your mystery moth is a Sandy Carpet (perizoma flavofasciata)...[;o)

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  8. Hi Trevor. There's more to come!!! Keep watching! Many thanks for the ID on the Moth. I have now added that under the photo now. Glad you are enjoying this post. Have a great weekend.

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  9. I can hear all the birds in the video.. that is a really cool and different boat to me.. never seen one like it. what a fantastic island ...

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  10. What a great place this is Margaret. You really came back with some great images. Looking forward to the rest.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  11. Hello Margaret,
    I loved your little video, and your images.
    You do indeed have a very interesting life. Being able to see all those lovely birds and to ring them.
    I must take a look at Copeland Island.
    Thank you for such a lovely post.
    val

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  12. Lovely the Eider Ducks, and what a pleasant ride in a boat, and the video is superb.

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  13. A fine series on this interesting place to see and enjoy birds and the scenery. I enjoyed the video.

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  14. What a great trip, Margaret, and thank you for sharing it with us! Wonderful captures! I do love birds and thank, too, for the great video!! Hope you have a beautiful weekend!!

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  15. This type of boat you are on, the rib. It looks like a giant lifesaver, like it could not sink. It is inflatable? Then it would be very safe, I have never seen anything like it

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  16. Beautiful shots! This has been a delightful series that shows a great place to go!

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  17. HI Ginny yes it is inflatable and would be very safe. of course you could fall out of it!!! Hope your read the rely about the Cuckoo that I sent you. thanks for comment. Have a great weekend.

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  18. I certainly enjoyed your post.Very nice photo's

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  19. Great pictures - the trip looks exciting!

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  20. very nice images today margaret, it looks like a wonderful spot!!!

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  21. Looks a wonderful place to observe the wildlife.

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  22. The BIF photo is most excellent, looks pretty chilly, some have hats on. Nice group of photos, thanks for sharing.

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  23. Enjoyed your post and the video! Beautiful area.

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  24. A lovely spot Margaret. Just perfect for birdwatching and rambling - well rugged up of course. Appreciate all the photos :D)

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  25. What a great looking location - and you can take you mind off the dishes by bird watching! Rails do seem to be more often heard than seen.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  26. What fantastic pictures and so many great birds. Nice to see a Spotted Flycatcher close up.

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