A couple of outstanding away days

Mrs. Willowbog and myself have just enjoyed two really great days up in Scotland . The trip deserves a couple of posts and I will start with the visit that we made to Loch Leven close to Kinross in Perthshire.

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Our new set of wheels make driving a real pleasure now ! Here the Shogun is in the car park of the RSPB Vane Farm reserve.

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The Visitors Centre at Loch Leven. After many years of not getting round to it we joined the RSPB as a couple on this visit.

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This is a view from one of the hides set up to look out on the loch and accompanying wetland area in the foreground .

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The close proximity of the hides to the pools meant a reasonable photo could be got of this Grey heron with my ordinary camera and its ordinary telephoto lens.

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And of this Oystercatcher, of which there were many.

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This little island of shingle was right in front of another hide and although this picture does not show them, there were a pair of Little Ringed Plovers nesting, or trying to nest, amongst the Blackheaded Gulls who were giving the plovers a bit of a hard time to say the least !!

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The loch stretched away to the town of Kinross in the distance.

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A footpath led a winding way up the hill behind the Visitors Centre and it revealed some good views of the loch as we climber higher.

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And higher,

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And higher !

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And out on to the hill-top !

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Before making our descent, Jean thought that it had done us a power of good to get up there and down , there was no blood left in my brain to allow me to think anything !! Regular readers will recall that just the other day I had the, now rare, experience of adding a new bird species to my personal life list when a Chough flew over Willowbog Farm, but amazingly I was able to add another ‘ lifer ‘ at Loch Leven as we saw the Glossy Ibis that has been there a few weeks now. Another fairly scarce species we saw was a Long Tailed Duck but this was a species I had seen at least once before in my birdwatching youth ! Our most enjoyable day concluded with a performance by Glasgow blues/rock band, The Nimmo Brothers, at a venue in Kinross in the evening. A great day !!  Day two in a following post.

 

 

 

 

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