In spite of the cataclysmic weather we’d been promised this week, it’s not been too bad in the end. I think the east of the country has definitely escaped the worst of it. Monday was a lovely day and we got some nice views of the wildfowl on the lochs. The wigeon were all happily whistling to one another, while this female had a wash and brush-up.
Mallards are the typical park duck; you often see them in town scrounging bread on park ponds. It’s easy to forget how wild and handsome a duck they really are.
The tiny teal also put in a relatively rare appearance. Oh, you hear them all the time, and often see a few, drifting in and out the reeds, but you don’t often see them sitting in the open. Probably because they’re so tiny – lots of things can eat them.
After Monday, the weather soon changed and we’ve had quite a few sleety or snowy showers during the rest of the week. The promised “weather bomb” on Wednesday didn’t come to much, I’m glad to say, and we had some glimmers of sun between the snow showers.
By Thursday, we had some proper snow- about 3″ of the squeaky, creaky, sticky good-for-making-snowmen snow. And it looks like there’s a lot more in the hills.
It has been pretty cold too – according to our weather station, the top temperature this week has been 3.6 degrees Centigrade. Its been cold enough for some snow to lie even close to the edges of the loch.
The cold weather has driven more small tortoiseshell butterflies inside in search of places to hibernate. We had to evict this one, with some difficulty, from the leaflet dispenser into the much colder garage.
It’s also getting pretty dark early now….it’s really quite gloaming by 3pm. But it does give you the chance to get arty with slow shutter speeds on the camera in the Vat! give it a try if you’ve a tripod- or somewhere to sit the camera- just nowhere it’ll fall into the water!