Ian says … By dinner time Dave P and Neil had left for home so desperate to see Slavonian Grebes in their summer plumage we had another look at a few of the lochs known to hold these beautiful birds. None could be found so Pauline mentioned the Red Kite feeding site at Tollie up the A9 just north of Inverness where she had photographed them last week with David. We didn’t have much time before feeding time so it was straight to the carpark. It wasn’t long before a couple of kites passed over and landed in trees nearby. A volunteer turned up and put the meat out in the field in front of the building. The kites swooped down several times but soon disappeared so most of the other bird watchers also left. We have watched this happen so many times at Gigrin Kite Feeding Centre in Wales - soon after people leave the birds return and continue to feed. Only 3 birds present today so not the same photographic opportunities as some other feeding sites but great to watch. Another problem with this site is that where the food is placed you are looking towards the sun but that doesn’t stop you getting some superb views as they circle round the building. With a few hours of good light left we decided to stay local and drive the 17 miles up Strathconnen and back down again. Another area we must visit again when we have more time.
Pauline say's .... I was quite keen to have another go at the kites as I had stayed on the car park so I had a good all round view with the consequence that I missed close shots as the birds came in to the food in front of the building. I still missed shots as when they are going for food and there are only 3 birds the action the flight is fast approaching and leaving (some you lose and some you still lose!!!) It was a good experience as with less birds you can follow one and really see what its doing whereas the whole spectacle is the thing at Gigrin and following one bird is almost impossible!