After the second visit to Loch Garten, I made a detour to a nearby RSPB reserve, Insh Marsh, an unmanned reserve with good hides, which is only a couple of miles from where I was staying in Kingussie.
The other two hides are
PLEASE NOTE; Though I have accessibility issues, I am in no way critical of the access to these hides, I fully accept and respect the reasons for the locations of these hides and fully support them. This is more to allow the readers advanced information should they want to visit the reserve at any time.
Many of you know me well enough to know, I look for the positives rather than the negatives, and that remains the case with this post.
It is a truly marsh based reserve on the western edge of Loch Insh, and there were plenty of curlew and black headed gulls on the day of my visit, but sadly they were a bit too far away for a decent photo or two.
From the Lookout, for me the only accessible hide out of the three, the feeding station was busy, with siskins, predominantly one female holding her own against other would-be feeding birds, particularly male chaffinches and the views northwards to Kingussie and the Monadhliath Mountains, which i've walked in the past, were just brilliant.
My visit was well rewarded with god photo opportunities, not just the landscape, as in the next photo (I won't bore you with the many landscape photos I took unless requested, and my arm could very easily be twisted).
The above photo was taken from the accessible roof of the Lookout, which provides a camera location post
I did say good hides, though I only visited and used the Lookout, and I'm sure that will be a good representation of the other two hides.
Now for the wildlife, a siskin showing his plumage, even if her back was turned....
The remaining photos are of various feeder fisticuffs from a very dominant female siskin to any attempts to get on her assumed nut feeder
Though I say it myself, some brilliant action photo opportunities and well worth the time spent in the hide.
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In reply to HAZY:
HAZY said:what beautiful markings the little Siskins have and another great place to visit, thanks Mike.
They were fascinating to watch, particularly that one female, she wasn't going to be moved by anone or anything.
In reply to TJS:
TJS said:Hi Mike,
The hide was signposted from the car park, as you walked downhill, though you could access it from the picnic area just above the car park.
I wonder if you took in the views from a wooden platform overlooking the marshes?
That was the roof of the Lookout, and accessed from a few steps back from that platform.
I would be happy to return, and investigate one or both of the other two hides, with more time to spare.
In reply to Mike B:
I wondered if that was the case, and you would have been looking very downward to the feeders?
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