An Early Morning On The Marsh

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One of the nicer tasks on Loch Lomond (among many) is the Breeding Bird Survey.

It involves walking around the marshes at a gentle pace looking and listening for birds early in the morning during the months of April, May and June.DSCN3489

This year, May was the best of the surveys: a really nice sunny morning with a tinge of frost and lots of birds about.

The Reserve was really spectacular, with Loch Lomond looking its mystical best, steaming gently in the background

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Inchailloch in the mist

The unseasonably dry weather also made it much easier to get about the swamps and mires.

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May mud

It’s on mornings like this that you realise how many spiders are out and about. And what a webby place the rushes are.

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The landscape changes through the year and by June the rain had refilled the muddy flats and the warmer weather had dissipated the mists.

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June ponds

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Creinch and Torrinch in the clouds

This being a bird survey, you may wonder why there are no birdy pictures.  There’s a very simple answer; I’m rubbish at taking pictures of anything that moves e.g. mammals, insects birds, people etc

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This is fairly typical of my efforts, could be a Coypu, Chicken, Beaver or any number of things. It is in fact a Buzzard.

I’ll leave the clever wildlife photography to those who know what they’re doing

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