For the last few weeks I've been seeing this juvenile Great Cormorant (Gairgeann - Phalacrocorax carbo) on a canal pontoon. Any time I've seen it, I didn't have a telephoto lens. Any time I took a long telephoto lens, I wouldn't see the bird. This photo is a crop from an image taken with my 40-150 zoom. Not ideal, but, acceptable.
To allow the birds to catch fish by diving, they don't have oily feathers. Consequently, they have to dry their wings.
We did it again. Lashing rain when we left the house, and on our return. Sunshine on the whole #DogWalk.
As mentioned elsewhere, we encountered lots of Waxwings, which were gorging on the Rowan berries. Good luck, little birds, you'll need that food to sustain you on your long journey.
I was speaking to a friend who uses his campervan in his role as a mountain guide. It enables him to have early starts on the mountains, all over the Highlands.
However, he told me he is selling his campervan. He has heard too many reports of campervans & motorhomes being vandalised. He blames all the bad press about motorhome visitors trashing the #Highlands, particularly on the NC500. He will use a, less conspicuous, pickup truck instead.
Good people suffering because of idiots.
Spotted this kayaker, fishing on the canal. They had two forward facing rods, and one at the rear. As they were paddling, even the forward facing rods had their fishing lines dragging behind the kayak. The kayaker didn't come ashore when I was passing, so, I never got to enquire.
Apologies for the poor photo, it was taken with my smartphone at a distance of 200m.
I spoke to the "crew" of this yacht, that was moored at the side of the canal. They were complaining that it was cold in the cabin, in spite of the diesel heater they had on-board.
They were traversing the canal to get to the North Sea, and then to Norway, for the winter. I refrained from suggesting that they might find it even colder in Norway.
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