After the first day it decided to wake us up at 3.20am in the morning and sang continuously for an hour this was in the tree directly outside our back door. I even recorded it from my bed and this is with the window closed. You can listen to it here .
On the second day after only getting the above shot I decided to go and see if I could add Grouse to my year list and so headed towards Glenveagh to a spot I have seen them before. When I got out of the car there were Grasshopper Warblers reeling away and over a period of 500 yards I reckon I heard three different individuals, but no sighting. Then I heard a Cuckoo in some pines over to my left and eventually spotted it sitting on the top of a small pine being mobbed by meadow pipits. It then flew low in front of me and I got these two shots.
I then headed on down the track and flushed a Grouse within fifty metres of where I saw one last year and the previous year. Unlike the last time it had gone before I could focus on it.
As I was coming back the Cuckoo then flew past me and I got my favourite shot.
So a pretty good few days. I have only one previous shot of a Cuckoo out at Killard and find them quite difficult to find let alone photograph so to get two different birds in two days was a real bonus.