Showing the spread primaries which give them such masterly control in the air.
Thursday, 31 January 2013
Wednesday, 30 January 2013
The flock of Scaup wintering in Loch Indaal has declined very sharply in recent years, from 1000 to 1500 only 10 years ago to no more than 200 to 300 in the last few winters. And the reason is almost certainly the stopping of the distillery discharges from Bowmore and Bruichladdich, which no longer provide nutrients for the shellfish which form the main diet of the Scaup. One can't really argue against the removal of pollution from Loch Indaal, even one which is not that harmful to wildlife and actually beneficial to some, but it's a pity in a way that it has had this particular effect.
Monday, 28 January 2013
As seen this morning from Bruichladdich. Again, no apology for posting yet another sunrise (with two Herring Gulls) - it seems only right to share its beauty! The other consideration is that we've just had two days of rain and it was nice to know that there is still a sun up there somewhere.
Sunday, 27 January 2013
Friday, 25 January 2013
Tree guards are a familiar sight giving protection against browsing to young deciduous trees. They are meant to split apart as the tree grows, but should then be collected and removed or checked that they have, as newer types are supposed to, biodegraded. Here are some examples from a plantation on Islay where the trees have clearly fallen over still in their tree guards, and then eventually have been able to grow vertically again, but with their value as trees severely impaired. No-one can have checked them in years since planting.
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Sunday, 20 January 2013
Saturday, 12 January 2013
Thursday, 10 January 2013
Sunday, 6 January 2013
As the rain batters the windows here in Port Charlotte and the wind howls around our chimney pots it is heartening to see the bulbs starting to push their way into the New Year. The snowdrops in our garden cannot be far from flowering...
Thursday, 3 January 2013
Wednesday, 2 January 2013
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Pictures from the Port Charlotte bonfire and fireworks yesterday evening (actually this morning...). Fireworks provided by the Port Charlotte Hotel and lit by the boys from the Strathclyde Fire Brigade station in Port Charlotte. Another splendid New Year celebration.
The Paps of Jura seen over the trees in the Staoisha plantation near Bunnahabhain. And if you know how to pronounce Staoisha, give yourself a pat on the back.
Here's wishing our very many readers a very happy 2013. According to the stats, this blog has been visited 121,181 times by 63,889 different people, from an astonishing 165 countries!
And just as astonishing in its way is that this is the 1,999th entry since this blog was started in May 2010!