Wed 27th Mar ... 'Ducking & Diving'

March 30, 2013  •  1 Comment

Ian says: ...  Today it was back to the coast - with a few stops along the way of course. First was the River Dulnain just up from the village of the same name. It only took 5 minutes and we had seen Grey Wagtail and Dipper. Next stop was up at Lochindorb – unfortunately mostly frozen over so no chance of Black Throated Divers – only a couple of Goldeneye on a tiny ice free area. As we wanted to be on the coast before high tide we then headed straight for Hopeman harbour. There was a Long Tailed Duck in the calm waters of the harbour but not the splendid male that we hoped for.  We also had good views of Turnstone, Redshank Knot and Purple Sandpiper on the harbour wall and then down on the rocks and Rock Pipit on the sand. Unfortunately the 2 Male L. T. Ducks didn’t come within range of the cameras. After butties and a brew we headed west and into Burghead – again the L. T. Ducks were too far out but we sat and watched the Eiders, Razorbills, Curlew, Redshank, Turnstone, Common  Scoter  and a Heron that temporarily struggled with its meal of a large and highly coloured fish snatched from a rock pool. A Black-thraoted Diver flew by and there were several Gannets much further out to the skyline.

Pauline says: ... We spent ages photographing the female long tailed duck - the weather brightened to fabulous at long last and gave us the kind of light that makes decent shots reasonably easy! So everyone 'filled their boots' and CF cards while the opportunity was there!


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