Loch Lochy Birdlife

Living close by the shore of Loch Lochy we are able to keep a close eye on the comings and goings of the birdlife the bay below the house. During spells of dry weather the water level of the loch drops exposing an extensive area of sand and gravel at the mouth of a burn. Throughout the day a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds stop off to feed and rest. Some are migrants stopping off briefly on their passage north up the Great Glen. Common sandpipers nest fairly close by but most of the others breed further away from the loch shore. Greenshanks commute in from their breeding territory from 10km or more away up in the hills. For ten days or so in early May a pair were coming to feed around the mouth of the burn. Photographing them was relatively easy as the quickly became tolerant of our presence in the garden and other human traffic around the bay.

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