My last visit to North Uist was memorable for the exceptional views of breeding waders, the best of which can generally be obtained by driving slowly around suitable habitat (which is most of it) with the windows down. All of the following (with the exception of the Sanderling) were taken this way, with Bradders (aka Parker) doing the honours as chauffeur in that finest of wildlife safari vehicles, a clapped out Astra with a dodgy clutch, which made every gear change sound like a Corncrake with tonsillitis.
|Redshank in breeding plumage|
|Common Snipe among the rocks and Cotton Grass of Balranald|
|Lapwing in the lengthening shadows|
|Red-necked Phalarope (female) - a rare breeding bird in Britain at the southernmost edge of its range - photographed from a respectful distance from the car with the aid of teleconverters|
|A male Red-necked Phalarope - duller than the female, who lays the eggs and leaves him to bring up the youngsters|
|Red-necked Phalarope (male)|
|Sanderling in summer plumage|