Finally looked through all the photos so here is a quick tour of the Outer Hebrides starting with a five hour ferry from Oban to Barra. The weather wasn't great but what can you expect in Summer! The crossing was a bit squally and very murky at times, we did see our first Black Guillemots of the year along with some Guillemots and Gannets, but the highlight although in the murk were the Manx Shearwater:
Barra itself is a lovely island very picturesque:
The next morning we set off for RSPB Balranald where Redshanks on posts entertained us on the drive in and a Snipe showed as we parked up, a good start. It's about a 3 mile walk around the reserve starting off through farmland where again we heard Corncrake calling but not showing even though we hung around for a while! Elusive little ..........!
Some other more obliging birds:
Redshank on a post
So all in all a great time so far!