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Natural Connections

Modern life in Scotland is increasingly busy. The connections our ancestors had with nature and the land are being lost. As leisure time shrinks, or is filled with hi-tech experiences, opportunities to experience nature become fewer. And yet it is possible to connect with nature on a day to day basis. All around us, the great web of life continues to hold its shape, and nature continues its eternal cycles. Keep looking, listening, smelling, touching - and keep experiencing natural connections.

Monday, September 11, 2017

A lunchtime walk around the Murdieston dams found the female Tufted Duck on Town Dam still with her three young. They are nearly the same size as her and look very similar apart from having grey instead of yellow eyes. The males are moulting into their breeding plumage, with full crests but still dusky flanks. Another brood of three well-grown young was on the main dam. Last month's Teal was also there, showing a speculum consisting of two white bars on either side of what looked like a black one. 



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