Monday, 14 June 2021

Stormies, Quail and Oysterplant at Brough Ness, South Ronaldsay

Photo: Oysterplant.

The forecast was pretty dire today so we planned a day in Kirkwall and various craft shops. In the end the forecast was wrong so we cut short our shopping trip and headed for the extreme southern end of Orkney, Brough Ness on South Ronaldsay. 

With great views over the Pentland Firth, we spent much of our time scanning the sea hoping for orca or any other cetacean. Our luck was out today, but I did manage to pick out a couple of storm petrels close inshore, and on one of the beaches we came across some nice patches of oysterplant in full flower.

After a stop in the Skerries Bistro we took the inland route back to the car an had curlews, redshanks and oystercatchers flying around us and about a kilometer east of Burwick we heard a very close but typically invisible quail calling.

Photo: Patches of oysterplant growing on a beach.

Female eider with chicks.

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