Barnacle Geese spooked at Gruinart, Isle of Islay

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Picture of a good number of Barnacle Geese flying up after having been spooked by something
Barnacle Geese spooked at Gruinart, Isle of Islay

An October afternoon at Gruinart, not much had happened for quite a while. Small groups arrived and left, nothing too exciting. Suddenly every single Barnacle Goose flew up, something had spooked them and told them to all move on (unfortunately I couldn’t spot the reason). After a while the all settled again, but on Loch Gruinart (it was low tide), mostly out of sight from the hide.

Barnacle Geese flying past a cottage at Loch Gruinart, Isle of Islay

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Picture of a large number of Barnacle Geese flying past a cottage at the top of a sea loch
Barnacle Geese flying past a cottage at Loch Gruinart, Isle of Islay

A mid October afternoon on the RSPB Loch Gruinart reserve, the early arrivals of the Barnacle Geese had been spooked and were flying past a cottage near the top of the loch.