North Uist 9/4/2013

Today started with a lovely sunrise ( The picture was taken from the window of our room in the Lochmaddy Hotel).  The weather was sunny all day although still quite cold. We went back to Balranald RSPB to see the Harlequin Duck again. There are pictures of Twite, Corn Bunting and Rock Dove all of which are quite common birds around Balranald. We got the 4pm boat back to Skye and stayed in the Uig Hotel for the night.

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Scotland 6/4/2013

Spent most of the day driving up to Scotland. Our first destination for the day was Belach-na-Bah (The Pass of the cattle) which is the road to Applecross, Wester Ross. I had read that it was possible to see Ptarmigan here at the highest point by walking a fairly short distance towards the transmitter on the peak. This proved to be correct and I saw two Ptarmigan just below the transmitter. It was an exciting drive along the windy,steep road to the summit. We then stayed the night at the Kyle Hotel in Kyle near the Skye Bridge.I did about 600 miles and drove for about 12 hours.If you look closely there is a ptarmigan in the last photo.