Ha Cottage – Our base for 2 weeks
We’re back from our 2015 holiday in Orkney. This post is very pic heavy so I won’t make it even more painful by waffling on too much but in short, what a place! Weather was better than we thought it would be, a little breezy at times but no worse than what was left behind in east lancashire. Obviously the wildlife and landscape is different from home, Orkney is quite flat and open, not too many drystone walls, just mainly fences but all this helps with providing many great skies and views. Also, if you are into archaeology then Orkney is the place to be, both on the mainland and the surrounding islands. Anyway, on with the pics in no particular order..
Former crofters cottage – A regular sight all around Orkney
Ha Cottage awaits – At the end of a track about a mile from the main road…bliss!
Lambs in the garden keeps the mower in the shed..
Early morning double rainbow – 4 vertical shots stitched together in the new version of lightroom.
Sinking sun at Ha Cottage
Daffs at sunset
More daffs and cattle
Cottage with a view
Another morning, another rainbow from the garden
Moving on to the local wildlife..
Oystercatcher – these birds were virtually resident in every field in Orkney
Oystercatcher – Nesting on a bridge
Ringed Plover – See how they blend in to their natural surroundings
A nervous Catherine and I at Yesnaby
Puffins were high on my list, unfortunately we were probably a couple of weeks or so early but we did see a small number from distance..
Puffin on Westray
A closer view of a lone Puffin at Yesnaby
Seal at Yesnaby
Cliffs at Yesnaby
Kirkwall – Orkney’s capital
A few birds…
Passing Gannet at The Brough of Birsay
A formidable Great Skua – Did you see one drowning a Puffin on Springwatch the other night!
Stonechat on heather
Hooded Crow – Very flighty birds
The humble House Sparrow in the garden
At distance – Red Throated Diver
Tern on the Turn
Short Eared Owl in the heather
Short Eared Owl on Birsay Moors
Finally, a bird at the top of my list, one I had good views of both the male and female but unfortunately the camera wasn’t to hand so this distant shot of a female is all I have.
Hen Harrier (female)
Apologies for the lengthy post, hopefully something will be in this little lot to inspire Catherine’s latest bird art :o)