Not too far west of here is the beautiful Strathfarrar. The views and wildlife are enhanced buy the lack of people to get in the way. We had a day out there a couple of weeks ago and were treated to our first views of Winchat and Whimbrel for years - with a fantastic suprise at the end!
The Winchat can usually be seen in rocky coastal country in summer. It's a lovely little bird that will often perch high on top of gorse or low branches to give great photo opportunities.
Some of you might have already seen a Whimbrel and thought you were looking at our friends from the beach - the Curlew. They are very similar except for two distinct differences: the eye and head stripe and the size - it is much smaller. Take a look at these two pics I took in Strathfarrer.
And whilst driving around in the empty roads you can take in the great views.
After a day full of picnics, the journey home was highlighted by an Osprey feeding on top of a telegraph pole at the side of the Beauly Firth! Kate hung out of the car window and managed to catch this shot as it flew away! What a woman! Well done Kate!