Return of the Pink Footed Geese – Ink in a Watercolour Moleskine
Every year thousands of Pink-Footed Geese pass through the Vane Farm Nature Reserve which is next to Loch Leven in Kinross-shire. These birds have migrated from Greenland and Iceland and are joined by a wide variety of other geese, ducks and swans all intent on feeding in the loch and surrounding fields. Our TV (BBC) showed a programme, two weeks ago, where a film crew visited Iceland to wish the Pink Foots “Bon Voyage” and was there, having nipped ahead by aircraft, to see them arrive after their epic journey. Its quite a sight to see them arrive. The noise starts slowly then, as they descend from their familiar “V” shaped formations, the sound is deafening. They roost on the shores of the loch, in the reeds, and will take off, noisily, the next morning to feed for a few weeks before dispersing to other places around the south of the UK or into mainland Europe.
My wee scene attempts to show some of these beautiful creatures arrive at the loch opposite Loch Leven Castle Island. I cannot do them any justice and this is just a representation as there are around 19,750 pink foots alone this year and they all take off and land about the same time every day. It is thought around 55,000 birds is about average for all types.
The ruins of the castle might just be seen, in the twilight, under the trees. Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned in this castle between 1567 and 1568 when she escaped at the start of her flight which ended in her imprisonment by Queen Elizabeth 1st of England. I wonder if the noise of the geese kept Mary awake at nights during her captivity?