A gentle stroll round Skinflats RSPB Reserve in the fresh crisp Scottish winter air, with camera in hand was the plan. Capture some of the waders, geese, and other wetland birds that inhabit, or visit the saltmarshes and shoreline of the mighty Forth. Not a bad plan for a Saturday, after a week of rain, wind and work. Good for the mental well being, the heart, legs and the rest.
Skinflats is a village and an area of land near where the River Carron meets the River Forth.The name is allegedly a Dutch name and is linked to the Dutch engineers who reclaimed land around the area in the 17th century. Skinflats RSPB Reserve is a small area of salt marsh where the wall has been breeched allowing tidal flooding. So I was expecting a flood of water fowl and waders, but it wasn’t to be so. Maybe it was the time of the day, the state of the tide, or the recent bad weather, that kept the birds away.
Instead I had to be content with a few trusty old woodland friends visiting the hedgerows. Wildlife can be fickle.
I will be back to Skinflats to capture the elusive water birds.