"Scottish Snippets"

"Colour Supplement"

12 November 2005

Each week the Scottish Snippets Newsletter includes a number of photographs which illustrate the weather, flora and fauna of the current week around Scotland. On occasions, there are so many such graphics worth including that a separate "colour supplement" is created so as not to totally overload the Newsletter. Here is this week's crop!

Although the photos in this section are usually taken by myself, this lovely shot of South Uist was taken from Benbecula by William Doig earlier this month.


Eucryphia trees are great for producing brilliant white flowers in the autumn. But this one in Finlaystone Country Estate, on the border between Inverclyde and Renfrewshire, is producing blooms at a particularly late stage. Other examples finished flowering many weeks ago.


Here is a larger version of the illustration of a buzzard beside the news item on raptor's success in Scotland in recent years. When you see that large wing-span (about 4 to 5 feet) and those talons, it is easy to see why!


These white berries on the pernettya bush don't seem to be popular with birds and will remain for most of the winter.

Whooper and Mute Swan

The differences between the resident mute swan and the over-wintering whooper variety (with its yellow bill and different shape of the head) are seen in this picture. The Whoopers are starting to come into Scotland now, flying in from Iceland and Greenland. This photo, like the one below, was taken at Hogganfield Loch in Glasgow.

Whooper Swan

Was it something I said? I was about to take a picture of this Whooper Swan when it suddenly reared up, flapping its wings. It shows off dramatically the huge wing-span of these birds (up to five feet across).

If you want to look back at earlier editions of this Colour Supplement, there is an Index Page

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