An Islay Summer

August 7, 2022 at 8:07 pm

Although we had less than a week on Islay recently the highlight of any July visit has got to be the show of Marsh Helleborines. Just one marsh held more than 200 Helleborines that were at their very best.Flagrant and Lesser Butterfly Orchids were also found and surprisingly two Hares were also boxing – until I got my camera out! The island was full of recently fledged Swallows and Rooks who gathered to provide a very large parliament!

Pipe Dream

August 1, 2022 at 8:40 am

A non-birding few days on Islay produced five sightings of Otters! The one in the blog photo came ashore with what looks like a Pipe fish that took some crunching with its powerful teeth. Other photos are on my Facebook page, which include their rat-tail dive – a view that you normally see as it disappears from your sight!!