October 23rd   Leave a comment

I did just five minutes of sea watching when I came home from work today and was rewarded immediately with a great northern diver beating powerfully into the Forth. The strong westerlies were slowing it down a bit but they are really huge – like black and white cormorants with faster wing beats.

A great northern diver - they are always great, but  "great northern diver" is its proper name

A great northern diver – they are always great, but “great northern diver” is its proper name

I then got onto a flock of 12 whooper, or possibly even Bewick’s swans 2 or 3 kilometres out, glowing white in the last of the evening sunshine. They were strung out in a line flying steadily a few meters above the waves. We almost always have whoopers as our winter swans in the Crail area but at this time of year any small flock of swans could also be the other winter species, Bewick’s. At three kilometres I can’t split them. It didn’t detract from the sight of the first wild swans of the winter over the wild sea.

Whooper swans

Whooper swans

Posted October 23, 2013 by wildcrail in Sightings

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