The three male Two-Barred Crossbills we saw on Westray created quite a stir.
The next day we go back to see if they’re still there, and they are:
I still find them outrageously beautiful:
They are perched upon the Dock plants in amongst the sand covering a Neolithic to Bronze Age archaeological site.
We can get close to them if we’re very, very careful:
Their bills are extraordinary:
One hops upon a rock with the windblown sand from Grobust beach behind:
One peeps out from a mass of Dock plants:
While another just perches, magnificently: