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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
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Monday, 28 April 2014

PEBBLE WARS. (28/04/14)

It is another warm spring day. It was a bit gloomy first thing but had brightened up after breakfast. Moll is much better but I'll give her another quiet day. Yesterday afternoon it was warm enough to sit out with a book. Today there is a cool breeze so I’ll sit inside with a book. Moll gets a rest so we all get a rest.

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bunreepan2 Loch Linnhe from my chair; this is the wider view, this morning I went for the narrower view.

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Oystercatchers are trying to protect their pebbles, unfortunately so are the Ringed Plover. There is a Hooded Crow adding his twopenneth so all in all the pebble spit is busy.

Tomorrow I’m going back up to Loch Ness for a week then I’ll head for the west coast and head slowly northwards from Skye.

Third time lucky with this post.

24 comments:

  1. HI Adrian How wonderful to have seen both of their nests and eggs o the beach. Most peoplee would not see them an walk over them. Safe journey to Loch Ness Your shots are wonderful. I don't think I would do much reading if I had a view like that to look at!

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    1. Margaret, they aren't quite nesting yet. I keep off the spit when they are. I did find an Oystercatchers scrape last year and the eggs are very well camouflaged. I was watching the squabbles over the best pebbles for an hour this morning.
      Sorry about the colour in the first two. I've had the very devil of a job with Blogger today.

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  2. That's a cracking view you got there Adrian, and all from the comfort of your armchair, can't be bad?
    Those territorial disputes and squabbles are interesting to watch, it's surprising how vicious they can become at times, especially when you think back to a couple of months ago when all the birds were happily feeding together...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, it's a place I love. I can watch them for hours and they are so embroiled in their skirmishing they don't notice me. Funny thing is the Gulls aren't getting involved.

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  3. Good job for Molly, and the joke, killing me.

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    1. Bob, she is on the mend. The Plover are funny they spread all the feathers and stand their ground for a couple of minutes.

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  4. Laughing at the birds, and enjoying the colours in the first two!

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    1. Monica, the birds are silly. So are the colours in the first two. I don't know what happened.

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  5. Third time indeed ~ I was in the middle of commenting and got an error because suddenly Blogger couldn't find your post ~ what the? Oh well it was time for bed anyway. Photos look better now. But I must say ~ all these Lochs are starting to look the same to me. Glad Moll is resting.

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    1. Carol, I couldn't publish then when I did all the pictures were pixelated. I settled for the nasty blue cast.
      The lochs do vary a bit. I prefer to stop by them or the sea. It's the Pisces bit of me.

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  6. The Blau it's amazing Adrian! Congratulations!

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    1. Laura, the blue is amazing it is also pretty horrid.

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  7. Now be careful when you walk over those pebbles or you might step on somebody's nest. These birds are extremely territorial. They are also very hard to photograph.

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    1. Red, they aren't nesting yet. They can get a bit aggressive when they are. I never find birds easy to photograph unless they are in a pen or dead.

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  8. the blue of the water and the sky are vivid and fabulous! I am glad that Moll is better. Better from what? I've not been visiting blogs for a few days.

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    1. Norma, it was a good day but not as blue as it looks I suspect Picassa did that in an off moment.
      Moll had a bad leg. She is happy again now.

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  9. Is "The Oystercatchers" a new soap opera? Or maybe Michaela Strachan spent the weekend with you?..."Get up Adrian! Let's go skinny-dipping in the loch!"
    "Sod off Michaela, I'm reading my book!"

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    1. YP, now you have done it. I hadn't given Michaela a thought for over thirty hours. It will soon be Spring Watch and I will be watching.

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  10. Good you have such happy distractions while you rest up with Molly. You're doing a better job of looking after your patient than I am, mine has been put back into hospital.

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    1. So I saw Pauline. Wish her a speedy recovery.

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    1. Maria, they are very blue. I don't know what happened.

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  12. I reckon that Ringed Plover had a nest/eggs nearby it's doing the classic broken wing display to the Oyester catcher and looks like it's trying to lead the Oyster catcher away. Great images

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    1. Douglas, close to nesting but I don't think there were any eggs.

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