Hen Harrier

Returning to Orkney

It was interesting to see how much had changed since we last visited the Orkney Isles in 2005. The roads are certainly a lot busier now, particularly around the neolithic sites of Skara Brae and Brodgar. Bird numbers too have changed. I don't recall seeing any feral Greylag geese during our last visit. Now there must be thousands resident, with many of the pairs having large broods of goslings in tow. The number of breeding waders compared to those on the Scottish mainland appear to be holding up well, particularly so the Curlews and Redshank in the southern isles. Unfortunately the same cannot...

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Gyr Falcon & other birds on North Uist

Gyr Falcon & other birds on North Uist -I am not one usually given to rushing from one end of the UK to the other in search of rare birds. The chance to see and photograph the long staying white phase Gyr Falcon on North Uist was an opportunity I thought worth considering. Thinking about it, a less than three hour drive to Uig on Skye and a ferry hop over the Minch involved a lot less effort on my part than a day spent lugging my camera gear over the tops of the Cairngorms. Queuing for the afternoon ferry to Lochmaddy at Uig it was fairly obvious from the car loads of binocular/camera toting...

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