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Our annual trip over to Aberdeenshire whilst on holiday happened today. We started at Blackdog with a seawatch. This produced a beautiful Velvet Scoter, hundreds of both Common Scoter and Eider, over 30 Red-throated Divers, Shags and Red-breasted Merganser. Then we travell a short distance north to the Ythan Estuary. Here were Little, Arctic, Common and Sandwich Terns, and more Eider. Then further north to Bullers of Buchan where we discovered a real gem, a seabird city on the cliffs there with close views of Puffins, Razorbills, Guillemots, Kittiwakes, Shags, Gannets and Fulmars. Also here was a juvenile Wheatear, a Yellowhammer and a Yellow Wagtail.



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Hope it's ok to start a new topic, none there for Aberdeen at all! Latest leg of our Scottish holiday was our usual trip across to the Ythan Estuary on the Aberdeenshire coast. Lots of Eiders but no sign of 'Elvis' the returning King Eider! Fantastic spectacle of hundreds of terns in the tern colony allowed me to get a digiscoped shot of Little, Arctic, Common & Sandwich Terns all together! Lots of Dunlin too along with big numbers of Tundra race Ringed Plovers. Quite a few Red-breasted Mergansers hauled out with the Eiders too. A bit of a seawatch produced several Red-throated Divers, Kittiwakes, Gannets, Manx Shearwaters and Razorbills. All to the backdrop of the ooo-ing of the Eiders & moaning songs of the several hundred Common & Grey Seals in the colony here

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