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Lucky to have so much on my doorstep

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I haven`t had many walks recently since the dog passed but decided to go this morning as its my day off the ice has melted and its going to be bad weather for kayak fishing in the North sea. Apologies for some shaky shots, I should have taken the tripod!

I walked down to the croy and on the way saw a few scats from a fox and as I crested the top of the croy a grey heron flew off, but fortunately the kingfisher didn`t. They are getting quite numerous on the river now even if the salmon are declining. We also get a lot of otters and all the fish eating duck and cormorants too so there seems to be plenty of different sized fish in the river, just a shame that salmon are declining so much.

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The greylags were just lifting off as I headed upstream and I could hear a raven and some wigeon. The greylags pictures were all blurry as they were 400m away and I used too much zoom and the raven stayed well away too, but the wigeon were having a great time in the shallows preening and having a few squabbles.

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The beavers have been busy recently and a lot of this years growth has been cut back and either eaten or stored. They have several stores along the river and you can see evidence of them all the way into Perth and beyond the harbour. I think this is a lodge rather than a store as its well used, I`ve seen young nearby and there is a path directly opposite.

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The path along the river runs at right angles to this and you can probably make it out.

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Thankfully these were far enough away from the path so they weren`t a hazard to everyone who walks there, but I`m sure someone will get injured by their gnawing or burrowing habits.

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It`s fantastic to have this a short walk away from my house and when we move I am going to miss it all, but for now I`m just going to enjoy it.

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To the less observant it would be just a walk , but to people like ourselves there is something of interest in every step we take, great photos and THANKS for sharing. .

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I wonder if Crisp Packet would be outraged by the destruction of perfectly healthy trees! Seriously, it’s always good to get out and enjoy the environment.

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My pleasure @marsh man

Yes they do a lot of damage to large trees in this area, but 200m away it is smaller stuff that will regenerate lots of new growth, I must ask a beaver next time I see one :D

 

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1 hour ago, henry d said:

Some how they escaped, or more likely SNH turned a blind eye...

I find it hard to believe that SNH would turn a blind eye, when i suggested that red squirrels could be released into Stornoway woods [dont forget an island]  as it would ensure that they were unmolested by greys, the manager of SNH was horrified ! .

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I'm at a loss to think how so many managed to "escape" in so many different areas over a short period of time?

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Thank you for posting that Henry.

I had quite forgotten about the Beavers.

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15 minutes ago, henry d said:

I'm at a loss to think how so many managed to "escape" in so many different areas over a short period of time?

They probably built rafts and floated down river..😉

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2 hours ago, JDog said:

Thank you for posting that Henry.

I had quite forgotten about the Beavers.

My pleasure!

1 hour ago, islandgun said:

They probably built rafts and floated down river..😉

As long as they don't get as far as Dundee! They will end up in a peh, eh no?

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You are indeed lucky having all that on your doorstep. I only know Perthshire from the passing through and a stay at the Palace. Thanks for posting always interesting to see. 

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11 hours ago, oowee said:

You are indeed lucky having all that on your doorstep. I only know Perthshire from the passing through and a stay at the Palace. Thanks for posting always interesting to see. 

The first two photos of the river are directly in front of the palace.

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