Clachnaharry Lock is at the end of the Caledonian Canal and essentially effects entry into the Beauly Firth. The bird had been recorded within the lock on a regular basis and even grazed on its well maintained embankments on occasion. But not on this particular morning ! A fine male Goldeneye, and small parties of Mallard and Tufted Duck were within the basin, but that was it.
I walked the whole circuit and eventually found the bird sitting out on the open water of the Firth, which, relatively speaking, was quite a distance away given low tide. My hopes of a picture or super close views were dashed, but that's birding!! This is a very convenient site which juts out into the Firth, but has "enclosed" corners on each flank with exposed mud that attracts waders and gulls. Well worth a visit and, who knows, you might even see an American Wigeon !!