Red Kite Trail

02 Feb

I was on the Red Kite Trail today but even with the sun at my back It wasn’t particularly warm due to a wind from the north that luckily had lost some of it’s edge by the time it reached us in sou-west Scotland.

It’s the landward end of the tidal zone here by the picturesque old Cumston Bridge and when I spotted a nervous shelduck and heron through the arch out came the camera. My birdie pics have a touch of the Tommy Coopers as the birds have flown before I get ’em in the viewfinder 🙂

No worries – I like this photo anyway —

Flying my Kite 007

With a Saturday morning shoot in the wood to my right I could understand the bird’s concerns but I paused long enough round the next corner to admire the sight of bare trees silhouetted against a rare blue sky —

Flying my Kite 008

A flash of white cottage between the rolling hills was next to stop me in my tracks as I cleared the end of a fishing loch —

Flying my Kite 017

But it still wasn’t  a match for the view down the next loch as I crested a rise —

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There was a covering of ice on this end of the loch and a silvery glint of a heron on the edge of the reed beds at the far side. It’s still there in the pic – take my word for it cos I had my binoculars 🙂

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Down on the edge of the pine plantation where Galloway Forest starts proper there is what I can only describe as a feast of native oak and birch —

Flying my Kite 037

Anything over two oaks is a feast nowadays and these fellas won’t be around much longer unless the landowner could be persuaded to erect a stockfence to protect the seedlings. It wouldn’t take much and would secure the future for these fellas —

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What of the Red Kites? Well there were a few about but camera shy —

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but I did manage to catch this fine wooden kite on a pole 🙂

Red Kite Trail

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Posted by on February 2, 2013 in out and about


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