All’s quiet on the eastern front

Back home this evening after another midweek trip to the Highlands. No Red Kites this time, alas. Just lots of Hooded x Carrion Crow types, mainly seen in their natural habitat – the carpark alongside the cinema on the outskirts of Inverness, drawn there by the happy coincidence of adjacent Burger King and Pizza Hut.

Back in the wilds of Shetland, the Pectoral Sandpiper was showing well this evening, and I concentrated on getting some photos of it with its reflection in the water. Just enough breeze to ruin a really nice portait.

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A single Willow Warbler in the kale yard heligoland tonight, but a house year tick was also in the offing – 2 Swifts flying overhead meant a fast drive up to the house, and then another species on the list. Maybe 100 species is attainable after all…

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