Wednesday, 4 May 2011
When I was driving across the Braighe (the isthmus between the peninsula on which I live and the main body of the Isle of Lewis) into town yesterday I was thrilled to see what I was fairly certain was a Great Northern Diver. Unfortunately I couldn't stop because I had an appointment in town. On the way back, however, I stopped and took a walk. There about a 200 metres away out to sea was the very bird. It is, I think, the first one that I have positively identified and managed to photograph. Bearing in mind the distance and my modest bridge camera lens (albeit at an equivalent of about 600mm) I was quite satisfied with the resulting photos.
There were also some Cormorants swimming and diving nearby: