Friday, 20 February 2015

RSPB Lochwinnoch

It has been too long since my last visit to the RSPB nature reserve at Lochwinnoch. The staff are very friendly and helpful, as are the visitors I spoke to in the photo hide.

Within a short space of time I had seen at least a dozen species of birds, some of which were too quick or distant to be captured by my camera.

I have promised myself a return visit shortly.

Male Chaffinch with a tasty morsel
Lesser redpoll beside a pond
A pair of  Mallards
Male Mallard
Male Siskin on a tree stump
Blue tit
Long-tailed tit at a peanut feeder
Long-tailed tit hiding behind the feeder
Robin on a mossy rock
Goldfinch on a thorny branch
Reed bunting
Great tit at a feeding station
Scarlet elf cup fungi on a branch
Snowdrops beside the visitor centre

Saturday, 7 February 2015

A82 Road Trip

Running from Glasgow to Inverness, the A82 is the main road linking the central belt to the western highlands of Scotland.

Within a relatively short period of time you can get access to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

We set out early in the morning with the intention of going to Glencoe, but had to stop several times to take in the sight before us.

A day is too short a timescale to take in so breathtaking vistas. The outcome being that a return trip is already being planned.

Mist covering the base of Beinn Dorain near Tyndrum
Bridge over the River Orchy
Loch Tulla
Black Rock Cottage with Buachaille Etive Mor in the background
Red deer grazing
Kingshouse Hotel
Loch Etive
Ben Starav overlooks Loch Etive
Red deer stag
Sunset over Glen Etive