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  1. Red Deer in Glen Clova

    From the album ciel's pics

    These two were fairly fearless, which might indicate they are habituated to human intrusion. and also, that they were quite hungry.
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    Early Morning, North Uist. Loch Portain
  3. Scottish winter photos

    View from Glen Prosen:
  4. Had a walk in Glen Clova this afternoon and returned home via Glen Prosen. It was darned cold -3-4C, but mostly sunny. Unidentified bird of prey, pretty distant but identification would be appreciated. Couple of Red Deer Hinds who were surprisingly fearless. Brown hare, somewhat a rarity these days.
  5. Winter Light

    From the album ciel's pics

    Just one of the few positives about wintry weather - beautiful light levels.
  6. Actually, there have been long sunny intervals this afternoon - they didn't mitigate the wind-chill though - with bonny clouds and the sprinkle of snow has melted. Looking east, a snow shower is looming. Looking and listening to the telly, that "Sweet Chariot" thing is really grating.
  7. A grey morning again - there hasn't been a decent sunrise visible for what seems like yonks. Even doggie was unenthusiastic about her morning walk. Temp 0C, easterly breeze, and a sprinkle of grauple. The hills too have just a smattering of the white stuff. Will spring ever arrive?
  8. Actually, today, the parsnips were replaced by a few chickens and a plethora of pies and sausages (both round and square). I fancied in the circumstances, a haggis but there were no usable neeps - not even in the freezers - and the tattiess looked a bit weary. I'm assuming there have been difficulties in supplying fresh produce to stores due to the brisk cold snap earlier this month....but really, is the co-op a failing business model? Whatever, I always shop there because it is my nearest provider. Some of us don't have the luxury of shopping around.
  9. Listened to this on the way home from shopping this afternoon. Very uplifting it was.
  10. Persistent rain, now, and foggy to boot. My view of the hills is obscured but I think it may be snowing up there. In any event I need to visit the shops. I wonder if the co-op has managed to restock its shelves yet. A few days ago an array of sweaty parsnips were lined up along the fresh meat counter.
  11. A quite unpleasant morning, with a chilling SE wind and drizzle. Temp 2C and I see sleet forecast for later in the day. Plus I have a saer heid as a result of spending a few hours or so yesterday evening, listening to Brexiteer neighbours droning on ( along with a couple of glasses of necessary wine).
  12. Good, Hawsey - hope your prediction (prevision) is accurate Roll on proper spring. The countryside needs a boost to start everything into seasonal growth and us humans to shed layers shackling clothing.
  13. Foggy earlier but now hazy sunshine. Not much wind and temp 4C. Contractor arrived yesterday, after weeks of nagging, , to cut the hedges, - a bit late in the year. To be fair he had tried to contact me in Dec while I was away from home. Now a horrendous mess of chippings to clear up today. I hope it remains dry. Nest building well underway for the Jackdaws.
  14. In Montrose again today, with a little more attention to camera settings. The Kingfisher was back on her perch, but I think she will be off up the river S Esk soon to her breeding territory. The Little Egret on view was a bonus. Fancy feet and feathers
  15. Animal Photographs

    I have been browsing some old photos and came across this one from several years ago. Doggie sniffed out this little baby in a verge beside the garden. Fortunately she responded immediately to the command "don't touch" Mother and the youngster were seen together thereafter and throughout the season.
  16. I can believe that, NL. The "estates" around here have a very bad reputation in respect of conservation. Numerous raptors have gone missing in the Angus Glens. One particular incident comes to mind from a year or two ago in which a tree, in Glen Esk, hosting a Sea Eagle's nest was simply chopped down.
  17. I had a wee hunt for Mountain Hares earlier this year, on separate occasions, in Glen Muick, The Lecht, Cairn o Mount and Glen Shee, with absolutely no luck. Four or five years ago they were all over the place.
  18. A fine afternoon in Montrose And a wee Kingfisher to boot
  19. A fine afternoon at Montrose Basin and a Kingfisher I spy a dive a crunchy shrimp
  20. Arbroath Abbey

    I frequently walk thorough this little park overlooking the Abbey from a car park to an occasional work place. Late winter/early spring caught it this afternoon. Presented to the pope in 1320 to confirm Scotland's status under Robert the Bruce as a state with an ancient constitution, and to reject any English claim of sovereignty, the declaration drawn up at Arbroath Abbey formalised the idea of equality for all. The Declaration of Independence of 1776 was written to reject the British rule.
  21. There was a nice dawn chorus earlier today. It's funny to think in another four weeks or so I'll be on swallow watch.
  22. Hazy sunshine this morning, icy, no wind, temp 0C. Yesterday’s muddy slush and the "pond" in the garden has completely vanished.
  23. Dry here for the time being. Radar indicating snow. Thaw appears to have stalled overnight. Grey sky and a biting breeze from the east. Temp 0C. Nothing to do with the weather, but was checking my bank a/c this morning to discover HMRC has refunded all the IT paid in January. Anyone else affected in this way? Could it be due to the devolution of IT tax matters to Scotland and associated changes to tax code etc? I don't have time to deal with this today.