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Days are getting shorter and sunshine has been a rare commodity over the last weeks. Most days have been windy with low cloud, drizzle and rain. But once in a while there is a glorious day, with bright sunshine and light winds, a day to take the boat out to sea. Sunday, Nov 8th was such a day. By this date the Long-tailed Ducks have populated our coasts, arriving from their distant breeding grounds on the Russian tundra. And they arrive in masses, by their thousands, tens and hundreds of thousands. They will stay with us until the sea freezes over, which rarely happens these days, as winters are becoming milder. It is great fun to be out on the sea on a day like this watching the flocks moving between their feeding banks out on the open sea. The birds move around in tight almost chaotic flocks, and they are curious by nature, often passing really close.

Days are getting shorter and sunshine has been a rare commodity over the last weeks. Most days have been windy with low cloud, drizzle and rain. But once in a while there is a glorious day, with bright sunshine and light winds, a day to take the boat out to sea. Sunday, Nov 8th was such a day. By this date the Long-tailed Ducks have populated our coasts, arriving from their distant breeding grounds on the Russian tundra. And they arrive in masses, by their thousands, tens and hundreds of thousands. They will stay with us until the sea freezes over, which rarely happens these days, as winters are becoming milder. It is great fun to be out on the sea on a day like this watching the flocks moving between their feeding banks out on the open sea. The birds move around in tight almost chaotic flocks, and they are curious by nature, often passing really close.


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