Wednesday, 8 February 2017

North Ronaldsay Day 2.




Day two on North Ron was a much duller day, the wind had picked up and it felt like a "tough going" day lay ahead as I walked out in the rather buffeting & chilling wind. I decided to take a stroll around a few different areas today before going on the Harrier Hunt. 








The golf course held a mixed flock of Ringed Plover and Dunlin  but several "scan-through's" didn't produce any colour ringed individuals.

Fulmars were entertaining as they flew low over the golf course, foot paddling at times allowing for some close views. Gulls drifted along the shoreline including a juv Glaucous Gull.


The wind was pretty tough going as the day progressed and so I wanted to get to Loch Hooking where I decided to spend a few hours, The 2 Whooper Swans were still present as was the drake Smew. 


It was tough going sitting it out, waiting in the cold buffeting wind AND the female Hen Harrier  showed only once today when it went in to Roost at pretty much the same spot but the Northern Harrier only managed a solitary fly through but I was grateful to see it again although never being able to nail a reasonable photo during both days.


Then it was that time of day and I had to head to the airport for my return flight back to Kirkwall. All in all a very successfull trip, with the Snowy Owl & Northern Harrier combo, a new location for me, with some good Scotish / English hospitality and good food.