Have also added a new camera to the kit. Still using the Canon for birding but I've been really impressed with elder daughter's Nikon for macro stuff so went for the later version, P7800. I'm not disappointed. The P7800 is also good for low light and night photography (for which the Canon is pretty much useless) so come the aurora season, but I'm hoping for some noc' clouds one night soon.
Moths and hoverflies from today and yesterday.... using the Nikon.
...and there was a bit of drama in the greenhouse as I was hunting hovers there.
The garden is a worry whilst away and of course the Woodpigs had laid into the peas, maybe they'll recover, emergency treatment today. Everything else seems to have survived but the cold has made this a very slow growing season here, tatties seem ok but everything else is well behind.
Another worry was the Arctic Tern colony, have the sandeels hung on? Or will the chicks have all starved to death again? A happy outcome there I'm pleased to report with quite a few Arctics already flying and a pile of chicks at different stages still coming on. Food does seem less plentiful, but that might have just been during the time I was there.
There were a few Whimbrel moving through yesterday, so autumn is here.
The eider don't seem to have done too well though, with just 7 broods on the whole of the Birsay patch, and most of those small broods.
Our meadow, which is slowly improving, and Midas.