Here it is on a garden wall!!
The Brent Geese are back! Now, I know lots of you have already seen them - but I haven't, until today. Friends have told me they have seen around 30 of them foraging along the rocky beach by the golf course (their usual haunt), but I still haven't seen them there. I was over at Whitness and saw them feeding among a large flock of Oyster Catchers on the inlet next to the flooded waters. I suspect they have been much scarcer this year due to a shortage in their main food source.
With the high tide this lunch-time I was able to get great views of a flock of Long-Tailed Ducks, as well as well as the ever-present Eiders; all a bit too far to get a respectable photo, but below is a pic of an Eider at Burghead Harbour that I took a few weeks ago (I know it's cheating a little - but the quality is much better when they are this close!).
The Goldeneye have been here all winter, and today I saw 14 Shellduck; these are very elegant ducks. Not great quality photos, but you get the picture!