Goosewatch at Strathbeg

One of the most impressive sights in the natural world has returned to the skies of Scotland.

Pink-footed geese have flown in their thousands from their nesting grounds in Iceland to enjoy the milder weather of the Buchan plain and the RSPB is offering the chance to see them at their finest.

The successful early morning ‘Goosewatch’ events are taking place at the RSPB Loch of Strathbeg nature reserve for the eighth successive year.

Places are limited on each watch, so the public are being urged to book now to avoid disappointment.

The pink-footed goose is a medium sized goose with subtle grey-brown plumage, a pink and black bill and a distinctive ‘wink wink’ call.

Every autumn, from around mid-September, they make the non-stop flight from Iceland to the Loch of Strathbeg.

Numbers peak in October, before some of the birds move south for the rest of the winter.

Goosewatch events run from just before sunrise until the geese head out to feed, after it gets light.

Visitors get close up views of several thousand birds on the pools in front of the Visitor Centre and telescopes and binoculars are provided.

If the weather permits, there is also the option of a walk to the recently repositioned Tower Pool hide for views of the geese.

Events will run between October and December, including a special Christmas Goosewatch with Mulled Wine and Mince Pies.

To find out more visit Loch of Strathbeg’s website at www.rspb.org.uk/lochofstrathbeg or call them on 01346532017.