Sunday, 29 November 2009

and then ...

Scanning Loch Harray from the viewpoint on the eastern side. Not much going on. Then falcon across the surface, wing tips almost dipping the water as it flew straight into the feeding Wigeon in the shallows. Wigeon panic, but one remains in the talons. There then followed a tussle as the Peregrine tried to get the unfortunate duck out of the water and the duck tried to drag the Peregrine under. Eventually the tired and damp Peregrine seemed to have won through. Not so. Great Black-backed Gulls flew in, Peregrine flew off and the tussle began again with the Wigeon desperately trying to escape as it was stood on and gradually pecked to death.

In the distance the Black Swan sailed serenely on.

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