Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Early morning Dive(r)!

Day two started where yesterday left off. Stunning clear blue skies not a breath of wind and the temperature at 0800 of +14, a grand day to be out and about.

First port of call was a local inland loch, the water was flat calm and lighting was perfect.  The usual Greylag Geese where loafing about on the shore and lochside fields, but amongst them a smaller bird was pointed out by Bill.  Scoping this bird we revealed a beautiful summer plumaged Red Throated Diver.

The Red Grouse where absolutely everywhere today, every tussock of grass and heather seemed to have a male bird sitting there enjoying the sun.

Male Red Grouse

A short drive down the side of the Loch we were soon viewing the quarry for the day, two stunning Black Throated Divers.  The birds showed well as they cruised about preening and fishing, sometimes approaching very close to the shoreline, an ideal way to end two half days Guiding provided by "Birding Ecosse"

Black Throated Diver

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