Watching the way people visit things in the outdoors. Partly because I always seem to be one of the last to leave, even on a chilly and blustery one. So often people just pass by with a quick photo and just a glance at what they could be looking at.
Spent a while looking at the Stones of Stenness and the amazing structures of Barn House. Then I noticed a bird hide looking over loch Harray (home of Harray Potter!). A wonderful calm, quite warm oasis to watch the wind ripping over the loch and an almost outside place to have lunch.
The birds on the loch were having a toughday – black headed gulls, even the swallows were battling against the wind.
It took a while to get my eye in on such a bleak day but did manage to see a sedge warbler, reed bunting, sparrow, green finch, mute swan, artic terns, oyster catchers as well as the black headed gulls and swallows. There were curlews around and lapwings as well. But the highlight down at the side of the road near the Watch Stone were 4 fluffy cygnets and their proud and very chilled out mute swan parents.