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The Dee Estuary

25 Nov

Down where the Dee estuary meets the Irish Sea by Ross Island can be a wild place but the headland takes the brunt of a south westerly and gives the shallow tidal waters of the bay and surrounding grasslands enough protection to attract a variety of wading birds over the winter months —

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At high tide the wading birds can be found feeding in the grass fields around the bay leaving them with just a short hop onto the mudflats once the tide has turned —

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Beyond the headland at the mouth of the Dee estuary is the Irish Sea and that is where the elderly wooden fishing boat – the Fredwood – is returning from having dumped several tonnes of spent queenie shells back whence they came —

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The white dot – centre next pic – is the Range Safety Boat which is stationed out in the mouth of the estuary to warn passing yachtsmen when the Military Firing Range is active —

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The military range is way over on the far shore and the position of the Range Boat in the shelter of the headland gives  the skipper an easier time as he hasn’t much to do other than to boil the kettle and keep an eye open for passing traffic —

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It was good to see the usual flock of curlews – about fifty strong – back in the bay for the winter and I’m sure they will find rich pickings out there —

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Such a beautiful late November day – it makes for a shorter winter —

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and with the Christmas lights going up on the town centre trees —

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spring will be here before we know it —

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Let’s see if I can find a photo of Ross Island to finish with.

Nope – that’s St Mary’s Isle over there —

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What have we here?

Kirkcudbright harbour – with double and treble parking in places  —

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OK – here we go – yours truly with Ross Island in all it’s glory —

Donald at Ross Point

 

Kirkcudbright and Ross Bay

 
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