Last of the Westland Whigs

In the late 17th century, the 'Westland Whigs' were the radical descendants of earlier Covenanters who had defied the absolutist rule of Stuart kings in south west Scotland.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Castle Douglas osprey feeding

Male osprey at Castle Douglas 29 March 2012

Threave Osprey feeding 29 March 2012

Male osprey feeding photographed at Threave castle/ Castle Douglas 29 March 2012

AL junior was out at Threave at 8. 30 am and saw the male osprey feeding. Unfortunately our camera is not good enough to get a clear photo. This is one of the better shots.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Male Osprey seen 28 March

                                           Threave/ Castle Douglas osprey nest 28 March 2012

Visited the Threave castle/ Castle Douglas osprey site today with my son between 12 pm and 2 pm. We were told that the male osprey had been seen at the nest that morning around 8 am, but we did not see it.

The path to the osprey viewing platform has been upgraded - most impressive.

                                     Start of improved path to Threave/ Castle Douglas osprey veiwing platform

                             Osprey viewing platform with Threave castle in background.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Ospreys at Castle Douglas / Threave castle

This photo of an osprey on its nest near Threave castle/ Castle Douglas was taken last summer. The male osprey usually arrives first just at the end of March and then the female soon after/ beginning of April. This year I hope to get some photos/ video of the ospreys as soon as they arrive.

Since 2006 there has been a footpath out to Threave along an old railway line. There is now an osprey viewing platform near to Threave castle.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Threave estate slide show