We had chosen to go to Lochindorb for two reasons. The first was to get a Quail ticked for our 200 target. This was a longshot. When I was there three years ago I had heard Quail. There had been no reports of Quail there this year. We did not hear a Quail. The second reason was to get photos of a Black-throated Diver. This was not a bird that was new to our year last but our sightings had been of birds in winter plumage which is drab in comparison to its elegant summer feathering.
At our first and second stop along the edge of the Loch the only indication that they were present was a poster.
We also had an eye witness account from someone doing a bird tour for two Americans. He told us that 'Yesterday they were just here and close to the Loch shore' If I had a pound for every time I had heard 'You should have been here yesterday/last week/ an hour ago....' I would be able to afford all manner of expensive optical and photo equipment even after I had deducted a pound for every time I had said the same thing.
On our next stop we found the Divers. There were two of them and they were on the far side of the Loch. But I a got a photo, but it wasn't as good as the one I would have taken if I had 'been here yesterday.'
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I was quite surprised by the number of people driving round the Loch searching for the Divers. The Divers had disappeared by the time some of them arrived. At the same time a van load of kayakers arrived and we saw someone getting fishing tackle out of the car. Its possible that with that sort of disturbance the late bird watchers might not get to see the Divers and may only go away with 'you should have been here an hour ago' ringing in their ears.
We headed home via Aviemore and Craigellachie Woods NNR which lie to the west of the village just the other side of the A9 Perth to Inverness road.
Once our brains had filtered out the A9 traffic noise it became clear that the wood was full of birds because we could hear the chip, cheep, chirrup of birds coming from all directions. Occasionally we could identify the sounds - a Great Tit, a Willow Warbler, Wren, Chaffinch and so on. Even less frequently we managed to see a bird but none were are target species.and sightings were mostly fleeting as they were high in the leafy canopy and highly mobile.
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