It's been several years since I last visited Linlithgow and despite regular rain showers, I had a thrilling afternoon. Sitting pride of place, overseeing the loch and tranquil peel (park) is Linthgow Palace- birthplace of James V and Mary Queen of Scots (Historic Scotland link).
As usual my interest was veered by the local wildlife as I took a leisurely stroll around the loch. Within minutes I was treated to displaying Great Crested Grebes (Podiceps cristatus)- one of my favourite species! They perform elaborate courtship displays (RSPB video link) before nesting in the reed beds surrounding small sections of the loch.
|Linlithgow Palace (photo Laura Shearer)|
|Great Crested Grebes at Linlithgow Loch (photo Laura Shearer)|
|Great Crested Grebes perform elaborate courtship displays (photos by Laura Shearer)|
The area is a haven for wildlife such as ducks, swans, geese, grebes and cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo). The surrounding trees were bustling with small songbirds feeding along the ground and singing their sweet melodies.
|Moorhen at Linlithgow (Gallinula chloropus) photo Laura Shearer|
|SLY swans at Linlithgow Loch (photo Laura Shearer)|
|Reading swan colour rings is great fun! (photos Laura Shearer)|
|Even some of the coots were colour ringed (photo Laura Shearer)|