I’m up in Scotland again at the moment, and paid a short visit to the RSPB’s reserve at the Loch of Kinnordy this afternoon.
Kinnordy is a fairly small reserve with just three hides. However, I’ve seen some really good birds here in the past, (including fishing Ospreys on two occasions) and hoped that today would be equally productive.
The Gullery Hide is only a few, short yards from the car park, and I was soon sitting in the hide scouring the loch, the reedbed and the sky above for whatever birds were on offer.
Unfortunately, the loch itself was very quiet today – apart from some seventeen mute Swans gliding gracefully around the water, and a couple of Lapwings sitting on the island in front of the hide. However, within about five minutes I spotted an Osprey to the West of the Gullery Hide, and watched it flying around in circles for the next ten minutes or so, during which I was able to capture several reasonable images of the bird before it disappeared from view.
Next, I walked up to the Swamp Hide at the Western end of the reserve. Whilst again the view of the loch from the hide was somewhat devoid of birds, I was delighted to observe several Willow Warblers in the trees on the way back from the hide. They flitted around in the willows just a few feet from me, during which I rattled-off a good many photographs.
The East Hide was also quiet today, so I made my way back to the car, nonetheless pleased with the photographs I had taken.