Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Edinburgh Trip Early October 2010 Part 2

I dont have to spend long in the city (half a day will do!) before I long for open spaces and wildlife so we have now moved to the Travelodge at Musselburgh and will be exploring th coast.

The beach at Gullane is great for studying geology with some interesting rocks


Huge timber probably from some wreck

Volcanic rock layers



Sandwich Tern

atWe stopped off at Waterstone House at Aberlady, the headquarters of the SOC and were treated to a free cup of coffee in the gallery (well we are members!)

Sunrays over the power station at Prestonpans.

Distant view of Edinburgh Castle

Decided to check out the nature reserve at Musselburgh to see what was coming in to roost.

Swan in the evening light.

The other side of the power station now

Great clouds

Swan flying over

View from the hide, plenty of Lapwings about.

Not a great sunset but a bit of colour


Next morning up early and decided to head for North Berwick. We had not managed to park at the Aberlady reserve the day before so took advantage of the empty carpark on our way.

I had seen pictures of this lovely bridge and wanted to photograph it!

The tide was out so plenty of waders about including this Curlew

Lots of Teal

We could hear and see thousands of geese in the distance

Some flying over Pinkies I think

Redshank

Dragonfly

A bit closer to the geese Pinkies and Barnies

Aberlady


More people arriving now so back on our way.

Seabird Centre at North Berwick

Lovely clear waters on this award winning beach

N Berwick Harbour



Beautiful colourful tiles around the harbour


Juvenile gull waiting for scraps


Lunch up by the golf course with great views of Bass Rock


The white dots are Gannets




Just north is Tantallon Castle

Berwick Law

Dirleston Church







We even found wildlife in the church, this window is famous as it depicts 90 different creatures, here are just some...





Yellowcraig

Fidra Lighthouse

Sand patterns




Tank traps at Longniddry

No sunset again

Fisherow Harbour


Magpie and Jackdaw Musselburgh

Canada Goose

Greylags

Blackheaded Gull

On our way home and we stopped off at Biggar

Covenanters Museum

Waterfall Dalveen Pass



Another stop at Morton Castle





Home stretch now and Clatteringshaws Loch, looks like they have had plenty of rain!

3 comments:

Beyond The Garden said...

The giant timber looks like a giant caterpillar.
Those are some lovely rocks.

Derek Beattie said...

An interesting and varied collection of photographs, must have taken you an age to put that post together !

The Glebe Blog said...

Ditto to Dereks comments.
Quality pictures as usual.