East Scotland sea eagle chick fledges: what fate awaits this one?

Mark Goodwin LRPS:

I tend to reblog these posts from Raptor Persecution Scotland, mainly because I feel as many people as possible should have some idea of what is going on in Scotland as far as Birds of Prey are concerned. When will this Government ever do something for the people?…..No NOT the people who own the Grouse moors and who donate to the Government coffers. I mean the ordinary person, people like me who just love wildlife and want to enjoy the countryside, and probably more importantly, ensure that there is something for my grandchildren to enjoy.
We must call for stiffer penalties for those convicted of crimes against nature. Especially those who are employed in the countryside and are supposed to love it, not poison Eagles and buzzards and the like. Take their licenses off them, both trading and shotgun/firearm licenses. Stop them working in the industry. And the Gamekeepers I have met in my time would never resort to the kind of tactics that these Scottish types are up to.

Originally posted on Raptor Persecution Scotland:

For the second consecutive year, a young white-tailed eagle has successfully fledged from a nest in east Scotland.

His sibling, who hatched in 2013, un-mysteriously ‘disappeared’ earlier this year in a notorious raptor persecution blackspot in the Cairngorms National Park (see here and here). He was the first sea eagle to fledge in east Scotland in over 200 years but he didn’t even survive to see his first birthday. His satellite transmitter went silent after he’d visited a driven grouse moor where previously a head gamekeeper had been convicted of poisoning offences (2006), a poisoned golden eagle had been found in 2011 (no prosecution), a poisoned buzzard had been found in 2011 (no prosecution), poisoned bait had been discovered in 2011 (no prosecution) and a short-eared owl had been found in 2011 that had been shot and shoved underneath a rock (no prosecution). The police raided the estate in…

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Standing in solidarity for Hen Harrier Day: 10th August 2014

Mark Goodwin LRPS:

I am re-blogging the post from RPS in the hope that it will spread the news of the work that is being done by this group on behalf of all us wildlife lovers. Please support them send on to others either by Twitter or FB or Reblog.
Many thanks

Originally posted on Raptor Persecution Scotland:

Hen-Harrier-Day-2014cHen Harrier Day is only a week away.

At 10am on Sunday 10th August 2014, hundreds of people will gather at three locations in northern England to protest about the illegal killing of hen harriers on driven grouse moors.

At the same time, over one million social media users will be seeing a ‘thunderclap’ message on their timelines about illegal hen harrier persecution.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a Hen Harrier Day ‘event’ planned in Scotland this year (although there will be next year – we’ll make sure of that). However, this provides us with an opportunity to stand in solidarity with our colleagues south of the border and show our unified support – after all, hen harrier persecution is not restricted to the English uplands – they are just as likely to be killed on a Scottish grouse moor as they are on an English grouse moor.

Here’s one example –…

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Late night Breather in Garden

Just take a flashlight and have one more breath of fresh air before retiring. (Don’t forget to take camera).

I have got into the habit of doming this recently because of Rosie my mini Dachshund who has discovered ‘mousing’ and just loves to go chasing around the garden following her long nose.

Tonight whilst waiting for her I spotted a Speckled Bush Cricket. I love them they alway remind me of Walt Disney characters.

Speckled Bush Cricket
Speckled Bush Cricket


The times I have promised myself that I would make time to sit down and continue with my Blog. However, with the best will the world, there is only just so much time in the day. And if you are a) an insomniac. b) a main carer for your beloved. c) a semi-retired -‘Everything’ – it gets difficult to say the least.

But I am going to try. I have found a new extension to my wildlife photography since I last posted. The Garden at Night! We only have a small garden, by choice, but Ido try and legit go as wilds possible. And recently I found that whilst I was out there at night, waiting for Rosie (or mini-dahshund) to do her business, if I took a small but powerful torch with me,I could enter into a whole new world of activity, with MY insects, in our garden.

It has become a great learning curve for me and intend to start posting some of the more interesting pics here on this blog.

This little feller is the larva of the Harlequin Ladybird.
This little feller is the larva of the Harlequin Ladybird.

This is the first pic, hopefully I will be posting more later.


Wow nearing Feb and I haven’t posted anything. Where has 2013 gone? However, I will send out a proper message to all my excellent and friendly bunch of bloggers. As a back-up and just in case (well you never know) Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a fantastic 2014.

Warm wishes x



Of course it would help if I could read and write!! :-)

Capturing a nano second of eternity, for an eternity.


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