Every autumn along the River Almond I look forward to watching the wild Perthshire salmon leap as they make their way to their Scottish spawning grounds. Five years earlier these fish hatched in this river. For the next 2 or 3 years they lived in the river until they were mature enough to leave and swim down to the sea. Now after travelling up to 2,500 miles from their Greenland and the North Atlantic feeding areas they have made their way ‘back home’ to the same river they were once hatched in to find a mate.
These fish were created with a great migratory instinct to be able to find their way back to their ‘home river’.
Their determination and agility is amazing to watch. The timing is always important for viewing the salmon leaping and up until the middle of October 2013 the water level was too low for the fish to make it far up river. Once the rains arrived last weekend I knew that we’d start to see a lot of activity along certain parts of the river as the water levels increased.
Perthshire Salmon Leap – Aeronautical Display
|Perthshire salmon leap vertically out of the spray|
The fish are tired and exhausted by the time they’ve reached this part of the river. In fact they haven’t eaten since spring!
|Perthshire salmon leap, twist and turn|
|who can move the fastest?|
The day I was taking these photographs only a few of the fish were moving up through the weir. The force of the current was much too strong.
They kept trying though!
|Perthshire salmon leap again and again as they battle against the current|
|a salmon aeronautical display|