Monday, 28 May 2012

Back to normal

Well the sweltering weather of the last few days has come to an end, and normal service was resumed to day, +12, overcast with a cool N/W wind.

With a free day I decided to recce Loch Mallachie on Speyside, a site I have driven past many times but never stopped in at.

It really is a beautiful walk down the edge of Loch Garten, through the Scottish Pine wood to Loch Mallachie itself.

Loch Mallachie, Speyside

Chaffinches were in full song throughout the wood as were Siskin calling and displaying in the treetops, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, great Spotted Woodpecker and Cuckoo were also close by.

For me though the stars of the show were the Large Red Darters, easily observed and photographed.

Large Red Darter

So a very pleasant morning, and Loch Mallachie is now on the Birding Ecosse Half day tour list.

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