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Ducking into Tentsmuir

October 7 2017

There is no such thing as an ugly duck but if there were to be a beauty contest among the different species found in Scotland then I reckon the long-tailed duck would be right up there towards the top.


When ravens just want to have fun

September 23 2017

Up and down go the crazy ravens in looping undulations, some of the birds suddenly splitting off into pairs to engage in their own sweeping aerobatics before joining the main group again.

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Serene September: butterflies and a gentle waning sun

September 16 2017

September air, so clear and fair; a time of swansongs for some creatures whilst others – such as several types of geese  –  will be hitting our shores over the next few weeks as they leave their northern breeding grounds to seek respite from the rapidly approaching arctic winter.

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August 19 2017

Scottish bluebells, or harebells are they are also known, are putting on a fine show just now with their nodding pastel blue flowers adorning our hill pastures and glens.

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The rocks of solitude

August 5 2017

The warm rain pit-pattered through the trees that clung tenaciously to the sides of this rocky gorge near Edzell. It was a gentle, soothing noise that provided a wonderful complement to the tumbling waters of the River North Esk below.

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Life of butterflies

July 15 2017

Like a piece of wind-blown confetti, the orange butterfly whirled and danced in the air, and most frustratingly, wouldn’t come to rest so I could identify it.

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The magic of puddles

July 1 2017

It was a puddle, no more than that; a water-filled wheel rut on an upland forestry track in Perthshire, yet this little pool surged with life.