A stunning night, the light was fantastic and it was warm with hardly a breeze, often fantastic light in Scotland but it is usually quite cool by 19.30 and normally a definite breeze if not a gale blowing.
I only had time to grab my small camera which was to hand before the light changed.
More pictures from the Stacs this time guillimots, the noise and smell is unbelievable. One girl on the boat learnt the very hard way that one should always keep ones mouth shut when looking up at the birds!
From Harris we took the most amazing trip to St Kilda, four small islands in the Atlantic. Off the main St Kilda island is Boreray and huge rock pillars known as the Stacs teaming with bird colonies, a twitchers paradise.
Our pond is full of frog spawn and tadpoles which are just little black bits with no legs at this stage, you can see billions of them underneath the bug. I love the way the way these bugs skim across the water, I thought they were called water boatman but have discovered they are not so now on the quest to discover what they are.
I found this bird alive but obviously distressed after a very cold wintry night the other morning, I picked it up and put it in our green house with food and water but unfortunately about ten minutes later it was dead. Mr H and I didn't know what it was, thought it might be a cuckoo that had arrived early and had suffered in the winter conditions. The bird book told us it was a field fare.
I took these photos out of the car window, if I had got out the lambs would have run away. They can only be two days old at the most and will have been put out into the field today. Their little plastic rain macs will hopefully keep them dry over the next few days.
Walking with my friend on Exmoor we came across these lovely ponies. Even although we had the dogs with us they didn't move away. My friend who knows about horses and has bred them herself reckoned the foul was about a week to ten days old.
I think this particular dwarf Iris is called Harmony. After all the snow and ice we have had they suddenly appeared with their wonderful blue colour such a welcome change, from months of nothing but white.
I really wanted a picture of this young bull, unfortunately the bull didn't want his photo taken, I didn't even get my camera adjusted before he came at me down the side of the fence. One very flimsy fence, one hasty retreat to the solid car! I wanted to practice some shots so chose the safe little snowdrop instead.
This is a most amazing little flower regardless of the weather up it comes every year and this has certainly been one of the worst winters we have experienced since we moving to the Scottish Borders. The ice and snow seems to have been with as forever, not unusual for this time of the year but certainly unusual to have been hanging around since before Christmas with temperatures as low as -15 C
We were fortunate to have tickets to see the touring Strictly Come Dancing Live show. We were only allowed to use a camera before the show started and not during the show so the photograph of the dancers is from last year and the stage this year! We had great seats and enjoyed a colourful evening with lots of laughs from the repartee of the judges on this occassion only three, Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli all three were very funny.
I think it was Friday I heard on the news the moon would be the brightest that night for a year, it certainly was creating moon shadows and quite a blue light. This morning Mr H took me into the hills to practice with my tripod and hopefully get a few shots of the sunrise. It was freezing -6 when we passed this sign with the moon dissappearing in the background. Not taken with a tripod but from the car with the heated seat on!
I took this just before Christmas and meant to post it earlier, the farmer had gathered them in to check them over. It has been tough here in the hills for the farmers struggling to get food and water to their animals, thank goodness for tractors.
I am very concerned about our Barn owls this winter. They need four mice a day and in this prolonged cold weather with the ground covered in snow for weeks, they will be struggling to find any mice or the like at all. We haven't seen the adult which usually roosts underneath our barn, it has more chance than the two juveniles that hatched in our box this year, they have not had a chance to develop their hunting skills to cope with this weather. This was a picture of one of the owlets before it fledged when we were ringing it, if you lay them on their backs they play dead.
We are six miles from Duns, we drove there to day and it was six miles of stunning snow scenes. We could only stop once or twice as the road was down to one lane and Mr H did not want to cause any vehicle to break unnecessarily.