Twite

April 01, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I've just spent a couple of days up on the Hebrides, specifically the Uists. Although the primary objective was seeing the vagrant Harlequin Duck, it was also an opportunity to catch up with species that are just not present down south. We came across a flock of perhaps 90 Twite and a dozen Snow Bunting on the west side of Berneray, a small island off the tip of North Uist. They were too difficult to approach whilst feeding on the ground, never really settled, but the following shots were made by rolling the car up to the fence line that they often retired too after flying around for a bit. These are all hand-held from the passenger seat, many thanks to Bradders for providing shoulder support - 700mm (500mm +1.4x) is never the easiest to get a sharp shot with. Although the perch isn't ideal, I suspect that they perch on man-made structures like fences more than they do on trees and bushes - mainly due to the fact that the far-flung Scottish islands tend to have a lot of the former and not much of the latter. I call it a sense of place!


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