Thankfully Granny managed to get to sleep sideways preventing any windpipe troubles... This gave a well earned rest, waking up at 10 "Not good" as my Grandma tells me! I fueled up with some Wheetos, had a drink of milk then was raring to go! Our first stop was Druidibeag, a nature reserve on the east side of the island. Just before arriving a few Wheatears caught our attention because of their bright white rumps. Amazingly "The Boys"(as my Grandma calls me) map reading skills payed off for once, we took the right turning! Then literally seconds after turning in my Grandma pointed out a "Merlin" sat in the water.I had a quick look at the now correctly identified Female Sparrowhawk, seemingly having a wash in the loch! Although I suspect it was sat there just after missing a kill. It was only about three metres away from us, I didn't get the camera out quick enough due to me looking at it in awe! That proved to be the highlight of the reserve, with "only" a couple of Wheatears further up. Inc. a juvenile.
Our next destinations was Ardivachar point, which is in the north-west of South Uist. While driving to Ardivachar we saw our first Male Ringtail Hen Harrier of the holiday...
|Not in focus, but nice scenery...|
|Ringed Plover juvenile|
|Sanderling and Ringed Plover|
Before arriving to the Western Isles (I may have mentioned in the other posts) my Grandma and I found the best places to go birdwatching here, and a Rd widely mentioned that runs through the middle of North Uist called the Committee Rd. Apparently you're guaranteed to see Eagles! Nothing, dirty liars ;) Only 1 Buzzard and 2 Ravens!
|Having a look!|
They were beautiful, and did pose for me while warding off 1 Great Skua and 2 Pale Morph Arctic Skuas and 2 Dark Morph Arctic Skuas. Also 1 Great Northern Diver, loads of Turnstones and Starling...