Saturday, 19 November 2011

Autumn at Cramond


The beautiful (and frankly entirely unseasonably warm) weather continues! We had a lovely day at Cramond today. There were lots of curlews and oystercatchers in amongst the sheep in the fields, though we only got a photo of one of the sheep.



The tide was well out on the Firth of Forth so a lot of the birds were quite a distance away, but we saw more oystercatchers and curlews as well as a fair number of redshanks.

The mouth of the River Almond was quite quiet for birds, though there were a lot of gulls and several species of waders further out and a wee bit upstream there were three mute swans (and a Canada goose who seemed to think it was a swan) and a lot of mallards.

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11 comments:

EG Wow said...

Love the photo of the goose with the swans. Yes, it does appear to think it belongs with them. :)

shoreacres said...

You'll think me so silly - I've heard of the Firth of Fourth, but always thought it a joke! Now I've seen a photo, and know that it's no joke at all.

Off I go to do what I should have done years ago, and find out what a "firth" might be. The internet does make learning easy!

DazyDayWriter said...

Just beautiful ... the pictures are the kind one can stare at for a while, let one's imagination drift with the clouds... thank you, Juliet!

Titus said...

Lovely. And look, laptop can post!

gabriellebryden said...

Lovely photos - esp, the goose following the swans - haha

ashok said...

loved the snaps Juliet...especially the birds in a row

The human said...

Love the goose-swan! It reminds me of "the ugly duckling". You can just tell that he's squawking "look mama, I'm a swan! I'm a swan!"
Nice to hear you are having the same wonderful autumn weather up there as we are doon south!

Magyar said...

__I know these birds... except curlews, and oyster catchers.
__In the mid sixties, I spent some time on Rosyth, a lot of Redshanks there... at that time.
__Nifty photos! And I, reminded of my USN days, twixt Iceland and Scotland. (You might like a recent haiku post, -swan tails-) _m

Tommaso Gervasutti said...

Here on the Venetian lagoon, in the almost already freezing fog, together with omni-present herring gulls ( our Meditearanean kind has yellow legs ) which destroy rubbish bags looking for food ( and finding it!)...more and more cormorants are coming, tremendous is the straight line of their flight close to the water-skin and their fast-beating wings.

You publish marvellous photographs.

Carol Steel 5050 said...

As ever, your photos say so much! A visual delight plus food for thought. Thank you.

Hannah Stephenson said...

That sky! That sheep!!

Hope you have a wonderful week.