It’s a first

Only a reference to our local Greater Sand Plover – the 15th ever record in the Britain, but the 1st for the Highlands. Having a bit of a thing for waders I could not resist the temptation to make the short trip to Dornoch to see this fabulous bird. A great place to visit with a variety of other waders including Sanderling, Dunlin and Ringed Plover all in sparkling summer plumage.

Fortunately the Plover also put on a good show…  before the rain came

Just get out there

Spending so much time out in the field touring and guiding can lead to the occasional bout of apathy, so I have to remind myself to just get out there. I tend look for somewhere new and just go and explore and see what happens. Having not seen much and feeling happy to have reconnected with the good stuff going on; Wheatears feeding young, ugly Oystercatcher chicks – that kind of thing…

I could not believe my eyes when I saw this beautiful Long Eared Owl  sat under the canopy next to the road. I slowed down. Engine off. Lights Off. Window down. And he sat and watched!

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I was shooting handheld at 1/15s but managed to get a couple of decent ones.

I tried to reverse the car to move the leaves covering his face but the engine spooked him and he flew off. I will be back in the coming weeks and was just pleased to have got back into the swing of things with a bang.

Still feels like my lucky day

Within walking distance

As often as I can I encourage myself to photograph what I can within walking distance of the cottage. I am always amazed by the opportunities that abound within just a mile or two of home. Sometimes I also just take one lens, such as the wide angle or the macro, to encourage creativity and look at the world in a different way.

Just as I was about to give up I spotted this Orange Tip resting on the Bluebells.

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