Thursday, 12 December 2013

Tupping Time in Ormsaigbeg

We don't have many sheep resident in the croft fields at the western end of Ormsaigbeg but, each year, all the ewes which have been up on the common grazings are brought down and let loose to mingle with the tups chosen to be their partners for the year.  The ewes' favourite croft for these annual nuptials is this one - which has nothing to do with what the tups are doing but because it has a couple of fields of grass close-mown to produce grass of a far superior quality to anything they ever eat in the hills.

The croft is Trevor Potts' Ardnamurchan Campsite, closed for the winter while Trevor's herding tourists around Antarctica.

The picture shows a very busy tup and several of his wives being joined at pasture by a small gaggle of greylag geese.

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