About the only good thing about that journey fro m Oban was the spectacular views and the cuckoo that I saw perched on a roadside fence. Even that flew off before I could get sorted to take a photo.
As I was in Pitlochry, which was scheduled to be my second stop I went on my quest for the Ring-necked Duck that had been living on a 'The Cuilc' a small loch near the golf course for several years. I think the only time it was not there was on the 27th May when I went to look for it. I did see Tufted Ducks, a family of Mute Swans, a Little Grebe and nice reflections
|Reflections in The Cuilc|
Ring-necked Ducks look very much like Tufted Ducks but these were Tufties. I explored a bit more of Pitlochry. There is a large Hydro Electric Scheme where a damn has been built across the River Tummel forming a large Loch. I figured that if the Ring-necked Duck wasn't on The Cuilc then it would be here, the nearest large body of water. I was wrong, There was even less on this Loch on the Tummel than there was on The Cuilc. There was a nice view looking into the morning mist downstream from the dam
So back I went to Killiecrankie. The visitors centre was still shut but it didn't matter now. I was on a mission to find a Nuthatch. The car park at Killiecrankie is at the top of a deep wooded gorge. Steps and steep paths led to the bottom of the gorge. The number of times I went up and down the gorge must have involved the same amount of climbing as I had dome getting to the top of Cairncorm. There was a good variety of bird life, but not a nuthatch despite staking out a dell where a couple had seen it just minutes before.
By this time the visitor centre was open so I got a cup of coffee, went out onto the veranda and looked at the bird feeding station which before had no bird feeders. I didn't have long to wait for the Nuthatch to turn up.
The only task left was to get a picture without the feeder. Here it is:-
Try as I might I could not get a shot without the wire. Ho hum that's the way it goes.
Mission accomplished with a couple of bonus shot I quite like...
The only thing to do now was go home via a decent lunch spot. I bought lunch at the co-op supermarket in Pitlochry and drove to the Loch of Lowes to eat it. The Loch of Lowes is famous for its nesting Osprey and did not disappoint. Not only was it on the nest but while I was watching its mate returned with a fish
Also on the Loch was a pair of Great Crested Grebes
|Great Crested Grebes|
...and from the visitor centre window a Great Spotted Woodpecker
|Great Spotted Woodpecker|
I got home at tea time!
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