Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Loch Leven 23 Oct

A dreich morning, to say the least, but I went over to Loch Leven despite the mist and murk.

I arrived a the Loch around 8.15am, just in time to see thousands of Pink-Footed Geese take off above St. Serf's Island, their calls echoing across the calm loch.

Close to the shore lots of other wildfowl were bobbing about on the water. I spotted: Mallard, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Ducks, Mute Swans, Whooper Swans, a Cormorant, a Great Crested Grebe, Goosander, Goldeneye.

I spotted a Kestrel getting chased away by a feisty crow.   A Heron was at its outlook post on the end of the stone pier, keeping a watchful eye on the loch as gulls flew around.

Groups of Whooper Swans regularly flew past as I watched from the Heritage Trail.

Here's a selection of photos - it wasn't the best day for photography, so I didn't bother taking the DSLR!

Geese above St Serf's Island
Geese above St. Serf's Island
View across Loch Leven
A few of the ducks on the Loch
A Whooper Swan fly past
Tufted Ducks
Geese
More Whoopers fly by
Goldeneye
Whooper Swans, calling as they fly
Mallard, Pochard
A young Mute Swan
A Heron watches over the Loch
Whooper Swans & Heron fly over the Loch
Now I await the first snow or hard frost that will hopefully bring across the White-Tailed Eagle regulars, Turquoise H and X. It would be great to see how they're doing and how their colouring and markings have changed over the last 12 months.  Just another couple of years and they'll be in their adult plumage, and hopefully will have found mates.

Can you spot them wandering about on St Serf's Island in this photo I took last year, on a dull December day?!