Friday, 14 June 2013

Scotland Day 18 and 19 (11th and 12th June)


On Tuesday and Wednesday this week we were blighted with some dull and cloudy conditions here on the Outer Hebs and with quite a bit of rain and heavy drizzle in particular on Tuesday.  This affected our ability to see and photo the birds, particularly as it was also very windy!

On Tuesday morning in the rain we walked around Langass Wood and then birded a couple of sites on Benbecula and South Uist.  There was a break in the weather and then the drizzle returned in the late afternoon and evening.  On Wednesday we concentrated more on North Uist including a return visit to Balranald and scouting out some pretty wild and woolly headlands!

We managed to find good numbers of Hen Harriers and Short-eared Owls, despite the sometimes inclement conditions, a Golden Eagle at Loch Pontain being mobbed by a Merlin, and some excellent numbers of breeding waders on the west shore machair.


E & N

Short-eared Owl

Coffee-coloured Highland Cattle
There are black ones too!

Lapwing on a bad hair day!

Starling.  Subtle plumage variation
from the mainland birds, voice
different too

Over we go!

"Did he make it?"
"Yep he made it!"

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