I’m wandering the shore at Kirkwall Harbour for an hour before the ferry takes me to Westray.
I’m loving the complex singing of this rainbow Starling:
It’s a great way to welcome the new day.
On the Peedie Sea in Kirkwall there’s a sleepy Redshank. They are the classic alarm-call bird. They normally see you before you see them, fly off with an insistent alarm call and cause everything else to flee in their wake.
Maybe it’s feeling a little sleepy this Sunday morning, because it’s allowing me to get unnaturally close.
There it goes:
They are finely poised birds:
Just look at those elegant long back toes:
There are other waders here. I’m notoriously bad at identifying them. These have beautiful plumage.
I’m told they are Red Knot. There’s one followed by a Dunlin.
Then a Knot comes in to land:
It’s amusing to see that it starts running before it hits the water:
It’s time for me to catch the ferry to Westray now. It’s been an entertaining hour.