Ian says ….. With poor weather here in the ‘Gorms’ we decided on a trip up to the Moray Firth to a look for Long Tailed Ducks. We have seen them on previous visits but always at a distance – too far for the camera. As we drove over the tops and descended the long road down to Inverness we realised that the weather wasn’t any better at the coast but we thought it was still worth a look! We called in at Findhorn Bay and overlooked the water. We could see a single adult L. T. Duck and it was nice to see a large group of Pintail but they were also too far out for the cameras. We carried on to Burghead and headed for the harbour. There were a lot of Eiders and a single juv. L. T. Duck just out of the harbour using the rest of the breakwater as cover from the very strong wind that was creating some ‘interesting ‘waves. By late afternoon four adult Long Tails had flown in but with frequent showers and poor light I managed only ‘record shots. With very little light left we moved on to Hopeman harbour and found some Purple Sandpipers amongst the Redshank and Turnstone. Next it was Lossiemouth and a few pics of the impressive waves but by now the snow was really setting in and we decided it wasn’t worth risking going over the higher roads so with a long drive round on the major roads we headed back.
Pauline say's: .... Despite taking several hundred pics each time the 'long tail' got even vaguely closer nothing I took satisfies me! It was the usual story - the chaps 7D's outperform my 1D because of the larger compression .... by the time I was driving us back the long route in vile and deteriorating weather my dummy was so far out of the pram it was three fields away ..... What my mother would have described as 'Monkeyfied' ... which is a 'Lancashire-ism' for deeply dissatisfied and 'teed-off'!!