Laurie Campbell (rspb-images.com)
Visiting pink-footed geese numbers are growing with each passing day. And there are sizeable flocks of tufted duck, gadwall, teal and mallard all emerging now from their summer moult.
Richard Brooks (rspb-images.com)
The first of the returning pink-footed geese have arrived at the reserve. A dozen whooper swans are on the loch and a marsh harrier (above) is wheeling around the wetlands close to the Carden hide. One white-tailed eagle remains, flitting from fence post to ground.
Steve Round (rspb-images.com)
Two young white-tailed eagles, released from Fife last year, have made a welcome return to the reserve. There is also a little egret (pictured) on the flood (where an otter made a brief apprearance today) and sightings of a black tern on the loch shore.
Both marsh and hen harrier have been wheeling over the reserve in recent days. Four ringed plover (above) are scuttling over the sand in Vane Bay where there is a variety of duck, including pintail. Dunlin, greenshank, snipe, common sandpiper and ruff are also visible.