Life in Newburgh on Ythan

By Talpa

The human midden

A couple of weeks ago a group of public minded people carried out a clean up along our beach and removed mountains of plastic.
This is the scene today; the tideline is once again covered in plastic detritus. We are turning our lovely world into a grotty and dangerous midden!

Meanwhile, I am trying to get to grips with the scanning of my old Kodachromes. It is a steep learning curve, and a long one! The "extra" which has just come off the production line, shows a group of sand grouse at a water hole in the Oman desert.

The spotted sandgrouse (Pterocles senegallus) is a species of ground dwelling bird  found in the arid regions of northern and eastern Africa and across the Middle East.  It is a gregarious, diurnal bird and small flocks forage for seed and other vegetable matter on the ground, flying once a day to a waterhole for water. In the breeding season pairs nest apart from one another, the eggs being laid in a depression on the stony ground. The chicks leave the nest soon after hatching and eat dry seed, the water they need being provided by the male which saturates its belly feathers with water at the waterhole. 

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