Salmon leaping at Buchanty Spout, near Crieff, Scotland

Buchanty SpoutYesterday morning I had the pleasure of witnessing a wonderful natural phenomenon in central Scotland – a salmon leap up a waterfall on the River Almond, near Crieff.   I had read about the relatively little-known location of Buchanty Spout and understood that the season for observing  salmon leaping in the UK  was September and October.   (I say ‘little known’ because most of the reception staff at our hotel just 6 miles away had no knowledge of it when I asked for directions!) Since we visited on 31st October – supposedly late in the season –  I went with every expectation of not seeing a great deal.   However, this was far from the case.   Salmon were leaping up to 10 feet in the air, several times per minute.   As the water level was low, the width of the river at the waterfall was quite narrow and so you could get very close to the action.   And only ourselves and a professional nature photographer were present. For now, enjoy the photograph.

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