Sunday, 28 September 2014

Scotland, September 2014, Rosemarkie Day3

Up early again this morning and off down the beach again for low tide at 9.00 am.  Not so long to wait this morning before two adult dolphins and a calf swam towards us from the sea ward side with the baby leaping clear of the water.  Annoyingly this was the only clear breach and I had my binoculars to my eye rather than the camera, being somewhat caught by surprise!!  Another excellent morning, though, with about 12 dolphins feeding in the fast current and turbulent waters off the point and, although no stunning images of leaping dolphins, there will be some ‘keepers’.  As well as the usual birds, it was interesting to see a few late guillemots this morning.

After a lunch outside in the sun it was off to Cromarty by a superb back road, which wound high over the headland with excellent views down to the Moray Firth.  The autumn colours in the bracken and the woods added to the gold of harvest fields provided beautiful warm golden colours in the afternoon sun.  Cramarty is a lovely old town, which, judging by it’s impressive buildings and houses, must at some time have been a bustling port of some importance.  Now it is a quiet backwater.

We took another back road along the Cromarty Firth via the Uldale Bay RSPB reserve and what a productive spot this was: curlew, rafts of scaup, noisy redshank, wigeon, mallard, gulls and black tailed godwit. 

It was beer o’clock next and we called in to the quirky local pub in Rosemarkie.  Now I am busy cooking pork with apples, cider and sage for tea.

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