|Sandhill Crane at Loch of Strathbeg, early morning|
|Sandhill Crane in one of its favoured stubble fields north of Loch of Strathbeg|
|Sandhill Crane flying back towards Loch of Strathbeg|
|Ringed Plover and Sanderling on the Ythan|
|One of the very many Eider at Blackdog|
Two weeks after the trip I received an invoice for parking in some service station on the M6 for more than two hours on our way home. We'd not noticed any signs and had fallen asleep for a couple of hours while there. Somewhat outraged that we were bring fined £40 rising to £120 for overstaying by an hour a two hour limit in an almost empty car park I did a few internet searches and discovered that despite the official sounding letter it was unenforcable and best ignored. To proceed they needed to know who was driving and I was under no obligation to tell them. I held my nerve and left two subsequent letters from them unopened for almost a year. No threats were proceeded with as it was clear their busioness model revolved around scaring enough people into paying and not following through on threatened proceedings they couldn't win. I took great satisfaction knowing that it would have cost them a few pounds in buying my registration details from DVLC (althougth it is a scandal that DVLC were subservient to what is barely more legitimate than a scam) and the admin and postage.