For the majority of our time in Uist we have been fortunate with the weather, at times it has faltered our photography but waking up to mist and rain was certainly a change for our work, however the lie in was long overdue. With plans to photograph the Common Phoca vitulina and Grey seals Halichoerus grypus off the Isle of Berneray we set off and to our disappointment only three Common seals were spotted dosing on far rocks so we sat in order to shoot at high tide, with the hope it would lure in the seals but to our disappointment the rain fell hard and fast and called off the days shooting so we retreated back to more editing in the warmth. The Common seal is the smaller of the two seals found on the Hebridean coast, both round and streamline with over 85% of the population in Scotland whilst the Grey Seal is much larger with dramatic differences in male and female length but both populations have taken a dramatic hit in the last few years as they are a frequent nuisance to fish farming. Later in the week I intend to attempt this trip again but its weather and seal attendance permitting.
Over the course of my time here I have gathered a variety of images of species so for this peaceful day I am taking the time to share some images of characters that have been under appreciated photography wise.
Turnstone Arenaria interpres
A small mottled bird that spends the majority of its time clambering over rocks and picking for food under stones
Sanderling Calidris alba
A small energetic wading bird that doesn’t breed in the UK but is a migrant from its Arctic breeding grounds.
Male Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
A ground dwelling bird that is commonly seen hopping across the ground, whilst I was fortunate enough to have a male pose on a post for me.
OysterCatcher Haematopus ostralegus
A large bird with an elongated orange beak which is reliant on cockle beds.