Monday 4 March 2013

Harlequin on North Uist

Taking a break from California photos for now. This weekend I headed up to North Uist with James Hunter and Kit Day with the primary objective of seeing the young drake Harlequin Duck that has been residing off Balranald for ten days or so. In short, we saw the bird pretty well (to 40 metres) although it was never close enough for great images with my 400mm lens.

A great supporting cast on the North Uist included my first Richardson's Canada Goose as well as Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, and Golden and White-tailed Eagles as well as juveniles of Kumlien's, Iceland and Glaucous Gull. We also had a couple of Otters while it was great to take in the island's wonderful scenery again.

Sunday morning was spent around Aviemore where we saw a few Crested Tits, Black Grouse and a handful of Red Squirrels. Great weekend out, and great value for money. Thanks to James for driving.

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