Glossy Ibis – First record for Loch Leven!

A mega rarity stopped in at Loch Leven yesterday.  I couldn’t quite believe my eyes, so I was both relieved and delighted when this morning we were treated to a close range fly-by of a Glossy Ibis!

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Having spoken to the county recorder, Scott Paterson, I’m told that the last record for Perth and Kinross dates back to 1903, when a bird was shot in the area.  But in recent times, there have been no individual records either at Loch Leven, or in the wider Perth and Kinross area.  There have been relatively recent sightings in Northumberland and Orkney, as well as past records from Wales, so it’s not un-heard of that these birds will turn up, most likely from the Iberian peninsula where they are known to breed.

Glossy Ibis - Jeremy Squire

Glossy Ibis – Jeremy Squire

Jeremy did very well to capture these record shots, given the weather conditions we were battling against during our third tree planting day along the new section of Heritage Trail.  He was also lucky enough to capture an intriguing situation, with a Peregrine trying to defend its food from two hungry Crows.  Never an easy battle to win!

The Peregrine stands over its recently caught prey...

The Peregrine stands over its recently caught prey…

...two nearby Crows fancy a bit of the spoils

…two nearby Crows fancy a bit of the spoils

 

 

About Craig.Nisbet

Reserve Officer Loch Leven National Nature Reserve Scottish Natural Heritage
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2 Responses to Glossy Ibis – First record for Loch Leven!

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