THE Hamilton Field Naturalists Club (HFNC) had its regular first excursion of the year to Lake Linlithgow and surrounding wetlands late last month.
Although the lake bed was only about one-third covered with water, there were many hundreds of birds still using the fast evaporating resource.
About two dozen different species were identified, including red-necked stint, black-winged stilt, black swan along with a variety of ducks.
Club spokesperson said a highlight of the trip was the close sighting of an Australian hobby on a property to the east of the lake.
“This is a small bird of prey similar to a peregrine falcon and is not common,” Mr Munro said.
Full story in The Spectator on Thursday, March 13, 2014.