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Kirkibost

Abandoned buildings on Kirkibost island

Kirkibost is a little uninhabited island behind our house. I’ve never been over until yesterday, but when our neighbours Conor and Katy asked, if we’re up for a walk, we said yes. When low tide is at it’s lowest, it’s fairly easy to walk over and cross the stream. It didn’t exactly work out unfortunately, but Conor and I made it over, we just had to swim a few meters.

Usually undisturbed from humans, Kirkibost has lot’s of nesting birds. We were very careful not to step on eggs or even chicks. These common gull chicks were very cute.

A duck mum
We saw this chick getting attacked by adult gulls, but it was fine.
Conor with his child on the back, checking the water level
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Dog walk

We are still in full lockdown mode (because the UK is truly terrible at dealing with this thing), but at least now we are allowed to meet people from other households outside.

Yesterday, we met our friends with their two dogs for a walk on the beach.

I wish the autofocus on my camera was faster and better. One day, I will upgrade to a newer model with animal eye autofocus. In the mean time, I’m taking slightly out of focus photos of dogs.

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Always watching

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A great tern out

In the field behind the house some arctic terns are nesting. When we go for a walk in the bay, they show up flying overhead, checking if we are potentially dangerous. I tried to take a couple of photos, but these birds are fast. But I got this one.

Alternative titles: An interesting tern of events, u-tern, tern up for the books, Tina Terner, thanks for terning up.

Sorry for two bird-related posts in a row, I’ll make sure that it will take a tern for the better.

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Birds 🐦

This morning, I opened the front door just to find a very young bird sitting right in front of it. I stared at it, it stared back at me. The starlings living in our roof and around our house have finally hatched. And not only starlings, I also saw other kinds of birds. In general, it feels like there are more different birds in the garden this year. My camera is locked and loaded to shoot some birds.

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The deer photo

I posted this photo on my Instagram today, and I really like it. But truth be told – I took it out of my car window with very little effort. So many deer photos from Scotland on Instagram are taken in Glencoe, more specific in Glen Etive, a beautiful valley near Fort William. Because of the many visitors, the deer are used to humans, staring at them – or worse, feeding them, which is obviously bad.

On our little island, I haven’t managed to take a photo like this. The deer here are very shy and run away as soon as they spot you. Although they do regularly come to our garden at night.

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After the storm

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Pool party

Today, we had a good weather window and the tide was very low, too. Perfect conditions for a quick dip in this beautiful, natural pool.

Enjoy this little photo set.

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Sheepish neighbour

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Gull

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When in doubt, go for a walk

Virus and pollen proof outfit. Yes, it’s that season again. 🤧

Usually I try to leave the house and go for a walk every day, even if it’s only 15 minutes. Recently, I didn’t manage to actually do that – due to work and bad weather. Not so today. Rosie and I went to one of most stunning areas on the island for a Saturday morning walk, enjoying the sun while it lasted.

Flower child
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Gorse. Like horse but with a G

Why shouldn’t I start this with a photo of some gorse in bloom. I took this photo the other day on my government approved exercise walk using a weird, overpriced-and-kinda-crappy lens I got on Kickstarter a few years back.