This morning’s walk started in Waterloo, where soldiers returning to Skye after defeating Napoleon settled. Their cottages, the ones still standing, seem incredibly small. The walk, described as “one of the best walks for keen birdwatchers,” was 6.5km along the shore and lived up to it’s reputation. Although we are no twitchers we enjoyed seeing curlews, oystercatchers, rock pipits, herons, rooks, and various other unidentified birds. On the way back we even spotted our first eagle.
This was one of the occasions when just the visual 2D representation in pictures does not quite capture what it was like. All the different birdsongs made this a very memorable ramble. The dozens of curlews produced their characteristic slow, deep, whistling notes, followed by a long high-pitched trill. The oystercatchers were boisterous as usual and the rooks were threatening.