Where we stay in Orkney, every morning when I get up and step outside the cottage to gaze across the loch I am greeted by two oyster catchers.
Oliver and Owen.
Each day they are nosing around the ground that borders the narrow road that passes us. These birds are the sophisticated sparrows of Orkney. Everywhere and anywhere and often they fly or strut around in gangs of three or more. They are large, obvious and noisy! their long red bills are perfect for smashing or prying open molluscs.
|Millbrig our home in Orkney, from the 2014 sketchbook|
|Every morning I get up and step outside, to gaze across the loch, 2015 sketchbook|