|Black-billed Cuckoo - the red eye-ring indicates this is an adult bird
|The best flight shot I was able to get of this mobile bird
Having made the commitment to travel together, plans came together remarkably smoothly, with accommodation, hire car, and ferry times all sussed out by the impeccably organised David Bradnum. All I had to do was pack a bag, sort out car insurance so we could share the driving as far as Uig, and detour via Surrey to pick up Paul Welling, before meeting Dave in Stafford. With his car ditched in a suburban side-street, we rotated the driving through the night to take advantage of the empty roads, arriving in Uig in good time to make the 1400 ferry.
|The buffy throat can be seen here
|My first view of the Cuckoo was obscured, but showed the striking tail pattern very clearly
|The silky white underparts made the Cuckoo easy to pick up from distance
|The more familiar Common Cuckoo seemed abundant on North Uist - no doubt due to the large numbers of breeding Meadow Pipit in whose nests they lay their eggs
|And the third Cuckoo of the day - Cuckooflower, adorned by a nectaring Green-veined White