19th June

A selection of photos from our last day.

Most are from the Farne Islands boat trip.

Bridled Guillemot is a variation where the bird appears to have glasses arms coming out from its eyes. It is not a separate species.

17 June

Last morning before catching the ferry at lunchtime.

Visited Butt of Lewis at the North of the island. Lots of Fulmars, Shags and Gull with gannets passing.

The first few images are from Stornoway Harbour area early that morning.

14th June

Spent the day on Harris exploring upland areas and then visited a beach. There were about 20 people plus us on this enormous beach.

Some good sightings of both Golden and White-tailed Eagles.

The Ringed Plover is from yesterday.

12th June

Our last full day on the Uists. Still quite breezy, but the beach at Balranald still looking good.

Plenty of Short-eared Owl sightings today. There are 3 different birds in the photos.

As we arrived at a viewpoint a Golden Eagle passed close to chased by a Gull.

Tomorrow we catch the ferry to Harris/Lewis in the afternoon.

11th June

Still breezy but the sun was shining most of the day. The beaches look stunning (and empty).

Corncrake and Red-necked Phalarope were the main targets of the day.

10th June

A very windy day today. Holding the bins or camera steady was tricky.

We visited various sites around North Uist including Balranald (see photo of beach) where we heard Corncrakes calling but were unable to see them. Lots of these purple orchids.

A bit of a wader fest today. The male Ruff in breeding plumage was of particular interest as they breed in the high Arctic. Nice to get some photos of Short-eared Owl.

9th June

We catch the ferry to Eriskay and drive to our next hotel with a few stops on the way. We are staying at the Temple View Hotel at Carinish.

The weather is very blowy so not many photos today. We did see 3 Hen Harriers (1 male) and about 8 Short-eared Owls. Hope to get some photos over the next 4 days.

Snipe x 2, Red-breasted Meganser, and Red Deer. The last 2 are record shots.

The male Red-breasted Meganser is unusual for this time of year and as we also saw a female we are going to report it to the Rare Breeding Birds Panel.

June 8th

Today spent on Barra and Vatersay. We saw our first eagles distantly today – White-tailed and Golden Eagle.

There are a lot of areas called Machair with lots of different wild flower species from common ones like buttercups to rarer ones like this Early Marsh Orchid.

The beaches are empty and look great for beach cricket. But they are quite soft making for a bit of a sticky wicket. I am sure you will never see Camber Sands this empty. Mum did want to bring some pebbles home to go round the pond but I said no.

The airport on Barra is actually on the beach. I have a video of the plane taking off.

7th June – ferry day

We catch the ferry from Oban on the mainland to Castlebay on Barra.

In this sequence of scenic photos the first is Oban, the fourth is Tobermory on Mull, the next to last is Castlebay and the last is the view from our hotel room in Castlebay with the ferry in its berth.

A lot of distant birds and several dolphins. This was the most obliging. Also strange metal fish!