A couple of nights in Edinburgh to see a concert, travelled up late Monday so we could make the most of Tuesday.
Up early for a nice walk at Aberlady Bay nature Reserve.
Nice and quiet with only one other car in the car park, it can get quite busy here.
It looks bright and calm but it was blowing a gale and cold and difficult to keep the camera steady. Not easy to take shots of birds but there were plenty of Lapwings and Curlews about.
I love this walkway!
Large flocks of goldfinches feeding on the path and on the thistle heads
Anywhere that was slightly sheltered from the wind there were dozens of Common Darters..
I don’t think I have ever seen so many, one even landed on my hat and looked like one of my RSPB badges!
Berwick Law in the distance
Couldn’t see any life on the pond today..
…not even a Moorhen
Vipers Bugloss, lots of this about but most of it over with
A tatty Meadow Brown
Large Fox Moth caterpillar
Footpath through the dunes
Dunes constantly changing…
…the sand was really blowing about today
The beach trying to swallow up a log
Pete, Mike and Kirsty…we had the beach to ourselves!
Quite choppy out in the Forth, there were meant to be Pilot Whales about but conditions too difficult to see today
Sanderlings dodging the waves
Looking back on the bay from Gullane Point
View across towards Edinburgh
…there are a lot of these along this coast
More Common Darters seen on the way back
Back to the car and lots of Mute Swans about, good to gt out of the wind but a great walk!
Wildlife in our room (phone for scale!)
Back to the Travelodge for a rest before a meal at The Robins Nest (£2.99 before 5pm!) and a brilliant Marillion concert at The Picture House in Edinburgh.
Off back home the next day, decided to travel back through The Mennock Pass as we had come via The Dalveen Pass.
Great bit of countryside, usually Red Grouse about, but none today and a distinct lack of birds of prey, I wonder why!
Would have loved to have seen this viaduct!
Stopped at the Mennock Pass for lunch
The musical sheep pen!
You have to go on a windy day to hear it!
Sheltering from the wind
A beautiful spot, but used as a dumping ground by inconsiderate idiots.
A tiring couple of days, but well worth it!