15 March 2014
LNHG River Avich walk
I didn't want to risk my camera in the rain and those who did manage a few photos had to take them in dull and difficult conditions.
Our objective was to follow the River Avich from Barnaline to Loch Avich, taking in the Avich Falls on the way. The river runs through a strip of native woodland between conifer plantations. Sallie's photo below shows the view from Barnaline car park.
The trees by the car park were rich in lichens and we
heard a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the distance. We made our way
along a track signposted Avich Falls Walk. We ended up at Loch
Avich without having had a good view of the falls but we found them on
our way back along the other side of the river. Near the loch we
saw a pair of Grey Wagtails.
There aren't many spring flowers out yet owing to the
very dull and wet weather we've had so far this year. We did spot
a few primroses, which are difficult enough to photograph at the best of
times, let alone in the rain in a dark wood. I've had to edit
Sallie's photo a bit to give the flowers some colour!
This was an unusual sight - luxurious growth of Wilson's Filmy Fern on a tree branch sticking out over the river. It normally keeps to very shady humid places at the base of trees or rocks, but here it survives in the open air due to spray from the river keeping the air around it moist. Sallie's close-up of the fern is below.
Can't decide which I prefer!
As there aren't many photos from the walk I've added a few moths.
This Mottled Grey came to my window the evening after the walk.
On the same evening, Judith photographed this Oak Beauty outside her
door at Drimfern, near Inveraray.
The next moth to pay me a visit was this Dotted Border on 21 March, which is minus an antenna.