Towards Scalpay there are small numbers of Black Guillemot, mainly young birds and juveniles
|Black Guillemot (Juvenile)|
Two days ago, from the canoe, I saw what was probably a different otter feeding amongst the kelp, also at low tide near the Dunan end of the village. I think this was a female - smaller and thinner faced. An otter is also using the cliff holt during darkness.
This morning where Loch Ainort meets Loch na Cairidh I came acrsoss a male and female of a rare winter visitor to Skye, a Long-tailed Duck. Yesterday I saw two juveniles in the same spot. These breed in the arctic tundra and winter off-shore mainly in the Baltic though some make their way west to the east coast of Scotland and a few. The Hebrides mark the most westerly limit of the winter migration in Europe. I got quite close though taking photos from a moving canoe of two birds also moving and intermittently diving did not produce perfect results.
As ever I had a retinue of two seals as I paddled home. These must be the most nosey of animals, popping up behind the canoe at frequent intervals to monitor me, the intruder in their space, with a bit of noisy splashing to create some distraction.
On the croft a buzzard has been around for several days, occasionally harassed by crows. There is a pair of ravens and yesterday morning I had a brief view of a sparrowhawk.
|Grey Pine Carpet Moth|
The sun is shining again; I need to be back outside!