Dave is my kind of birder! I love standing and staring, drinking in the ambience and all aspects of the scenery, just waiting for things to happen and watching avidly when they do.Dave is not one to rush you on to the next thing, to slot up a given number of sightings. He is happy to adapt to your pace, frequently providing hot coffee and carbo-shots to ward off the cold (minus 7 in Findhorn Valley). He is so at home in his own domain, knowing some beautiful sequestered spots, with an abundance of stunning birds such as bramblings and waxwings that I almost felt I'd wandered into a parallel world; one where you just mention a bird and there it is. It is good to be with someone so deeply acquainted with the countryside and all in it, and Dave has watched birds in this area since he was knee-high to a grasshopper warbler. Even so his enthusiasm and delight remain full-on and infectious, as also does his sense of humour. We had one moment of 'twitch,' looking for an American wigeon, a first for me; and he even let me find it!
A fabulous three days; not my first trip with Birding Ecosse and I shall be back for more.
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