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VIP Treatment on the Eden Estuary

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Old Friday 24th September 2004, 22:55   #1
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VIP Treatment on the Eden Estuary

Evening All,

Had my first visit to the Eden estuary today and what a day. My first stop was at Tentsmuir where an enlightened Car Park Attendant informed me I would be wasting my time there and that I'd be better off at a Council run hide on the Eden Estuary. Having got the directions off I went and what a delightful surprise it was. A hide with comfy chairs, a toilet with hot and cold and tea making facilties, I was dumbstruck. The local birders were in there and within minutes I was offered a sausage roll and a cup of coffee- a great start! Birds were plentiful but I'm leaving them out of this. The local Ranger arrived about 10 minutes after me, the locals intoduced me and things got even better.

Les Hatton (the Ranger) offered to take me to another hide where I'd be even closer to the birds, so off we went, I parked in one of the St Andrews Golf Club car parks and after a 15 minute walk was ushered into a hide alongside one of the holes, that overlooked the estuary. Bally Marvellous! I spent a good 5 hours there, the weather was glorious, the birds many and varied and I got a cracking shot of a Kestrel.

Apart from the birds my day was made even more special by the welcome I received and the superb assistance of Les. I've now got a further 3 locations to visit in that area (I can't wait) and it's all down to the Carpark Attendant!

It reaffirms my faith in human nature when you have a day like this, quite a change from some of the atmospheres I've come across in other hides. I can highly recommend a visit to anyone, the hide is in Guardbridge, next to the papermill. Enjoy!

Chris Baker

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Old Friday 24th September 2004, 23:14   #2
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Stone me! Now that's what I call duding in style! If we had something like that down here the site would be my local patch in no time. And I'll bet that hide will convert a good few folk to birdwatching.
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Which having heard, I'll do the like for thee.

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Days like that come few and far between. Some people will hardly give you the time and yet others are very helpful indeed. I have picked up quite a few good local ones this year too.

Congratulations on picking up a few more birding locations.
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Sounds very pleasant, Chris and I'm glad you enjoyed visiting my old patch. I was down in St Andrews on Friday myself, but was a bit too busy to do any birding. The Guardbridge hide is very good, although they usually have the heating on which makes my bins steam up!

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