Sunday, 23 April 2017

Scotland the Brave - Part VII

From Fraserbugh it is no more than a 'stone throw' to the tiny hamlet of 
Crimmond on the Aberdeenshire Coast, 
and the neighbouring Wildlife Reserve that is
 Having spent many an interesting day here in past years while also turning
up a 'goodie' or two, 'scarce birds' on this particular trip were going to evade us.
No matter as there is always the site's signature bird to fall back on, the
TREE SPARROW
a joy to the average Dorset Birder in which County there are none.
 Views from the Visitor Centre window
with the
Loch of Strathbeg
in the deep distance.
 It may seem to the Reader that so many images and clips of these
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Bonny Birds
may have reached 'overkill' proportions but,
 this personally was vying for 
Species of the Trip
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but with the likes of
Black Grouse, Golden and White-tailed Eagle, Ptarmigan 
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 and others in the mix that remains an impossible call.
It is hoped that you enjoy them, even as images, as much as we did!
Cutting our losses we beat an early retreat and headed for another large
Fishing Port
which, laid side by side with Fraserburgh, could easily be considered a twin.
Unlike its neighbour
PETERHEAD
has diversified into other Marine Fields such as
Ship Refits and Maintenance
and support to the
North Sea Oil Industry
part of which we found in port the 8,009 gross tonne
MULTI-PURPOSE OFF-SHORE VESSEL
BIBBY TOPAZ
along with other examples such as this

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 SUPPLY VESSEL
 putting to sea
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 Loading Fishing Nets
 (and just below another
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Grey Seal)
while still being home to Great Britain's largest Fishing Fleet.
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One of the smaller Trawlers
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setting sail.
Even amid all of this clammer and clatter and with a ready supply of food
there is room for a variety of Wildlife, which we found while in pursuit
of other 'White-winged Gulls'.
HERRING GULLs
 nesting on rooftops and already incubating eggs.
 Yes, more
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EIDER
 at a favoured 'preening station'.
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 ATLANTIC GREY SEAL
 cruising around all parts of the dockyard basins,
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and no call to 'crop' these images with the animals being so close!
Just a couple of examples of the 
Old Meeting the New
 CANNON and BALL oh and DAVE
The new
 FISH PROCESSING FACTORY
 towers above the old
Before the day closed, it was once again Dave who found the
'White-winger'
another 'immature' Glaucous Gull. Again it would have been preferred had it been an
Iceland Gull
but such things are not sent to order! We were satisfied, but take the opportunity
of showing a few images, from the archive, of an adult
GLAUCOUS GULL
 by comparison in size and bulk with the
Black-headed Gull (left)
Just before leaving this fine town, and typically given where we were, these few words
are penned in an attempt to dispel the myths and legends that suggest the
Jocks have Padlocks and Chains on their Purses. Told in a Jockanse accent:-
Having lived his whole life in this fine town, sadly James Reed had passed away
and it was now time for his wife to inform friends and family buy means of 
an obituary in the local News Paper.
Phoning the Echo she said to the lady at the other end, "Och aye the noo Aggie yee ken aboot the wee pennies n hapnies but I need te put a wee note in aboot Jim, just say".
'Jimmy Reed 'o' Peterheed is Deed'
and that should do the trick.
The deal was done, but a short time later the Echo phoned Mrs Reed to advise
that she had entered 6 words but for the same price could have 9, and did she wish to make an alteration?
"Aye" said Mrs Reed "best change it to,
'Jimmy Reed 'o' Peterheed is Deed - Volvo For Sale'
Our final port of call in Bonny Scotland was to be the Estuary of the River Ythan which meets the North Sea
just a few miles north of the Granite City, Aberdeen!
Our stay was short but here we found, or more accurately had pointed out
to us across the upper reaches a female
SMEW
(seen here below the image of a male for comparison)
before driving on to the mouth of the river where again there were lots of
SAND DUNES
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and
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EIDER

THE WATCHKEEPER
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COMMON and ATLANTIC GREY SEAL
CREW CHANGE and SUPPLY HELICOPTER
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I was in hiding just in case they had any ideas about taking me back to the rig!
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