July 14th   Leave a comment

I was sat at the end of Balcomie Golf Course by the sea as I removed all the grass seeds from my boots. An occupational hazard of tramping along the field edges and fairly time consuming. This was an advantage today. I was distracted and immobile for so long that when I looked up, the normally shy shelducks and their brood of the year, were feeding right in front of me. It’s a cliché, but sit still for long enough and wildlife stops worrying about you. The shelduck chicks are no longer cute – although attractive enough – but that makes me happy. They really are big enough that short of a white-tailed eagle, they will make it to adulthood. That said, I probably would pay the price of one of the chicks for another Crail sea eagle: it’s been 11 years now.

Female shelduck and one of her four chicks, to be seen at the end of Balcomie Golf Course at the moment

Posted July 14, 2021 by wildcrail in Sightings

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