I've had a fantastic time since I haven't been blogging and thought I'd catch up on a few things, this along with my well travelled, fellow naturalist Granny AKA "Mama"...
On the way up we enjoyed views of some great Scottish birds. Near Loch of the Lowes we received great views of an Osprey crossing the road, my best view ever, Red Grouse, Siskin and Yellowhammer followed. Later on we chanced across a flock of Lapwing, exactly 100 in total! It's a shame however this being classed as a highlight... We should have seen these post-breeding flocks regularly throughout the journey, but only one.
|Distant, but a Red-Throated Diver stretching its wings.|
|A wet yet beautiful male Reed Bunting withstanding 'typical' Scottish Weather, bad stereotype.|
|Right hand bird with Argenteus to the left for comparison. Just look at the mantle (back) shade, colder.|
|Whimbrel, note smaller size compared to Curlew, crown and for me darker wings with a sheen.|
|Ruff poking its head out of the tufts of grass! Male.|
|Here you can see a summer plumaged individual|