Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Timely reappearance!

No, not my return to Islay but the delivery of my main telescope lens from Swarovski after its repair. As I said previously they run a phenomenal customer support service and well deserve their reputation.

And so it was away to Frenchman's Rocks this morning for a seawatching session. What with being back into the swing of things, plus the telescope now at its best, it was pure enjoyment all the way despite nothing special going through. Oh, there were plenty of birds around but no migrants as such. An endless procession of Gannet, Manx Shearwater, Fulmar, Shag, Kittiwake and Auks, all on feeding movements, and moving in both directions, made for a really enjoyable morning. A local Buzzard flying to one of the offshore islands was attacked by Arctic Terns and went lower and lower until it was skimming just above the surface of the sea. As it pitched on to one of the first rocks jutting above the water you could almost see the tension and relief ebb through its body!!

And then the weather really closed in with heavy rain coming through in a succession of showers and more prolonged intervals , hence this early post. You can't have it all.

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