Blogging at Tense Towers just hasn't been happening of late, so time to catch up on what you've missed with a rapid round-up of recent romps.
At the end of July, First Born visited for a long weekend of food and frolics...
|Ensconced in the Teashop in Stromness|
|Watching Puffins at the Brough of Birsay|
|Our Lass and First Born pose for a sunny selfie|
|As she left, First Born managed to photograph Tense Towers from the plane!|
On the 6th August, the Orkney Field Club organised a trip to Flotta, ostensibly to look for the presence of Emerald Damselfly in a bid to explain the recent spread of the species to Hoxa Head in South Ronaldsay. To break out from the population in Hoy, the Emeralds would likely have needed to travel across Flotta, so if we found any, it would add credence to this theory. An excellent day of general wildlife watching was had, especially as the first damselfly seen was an Emerald!
|A fence post with a wig of lichen|
|Stanger Head, looking across to Switha, Cantick Head and the Scottish mainland|
|Kirk Bay, Flotta|
|Yours Truly participating in a bit of a spontaneous beach clean. The huge beach ball seen at the bottom of this cliff had likely come from a passing cruise ship or been blown across the Pentland Firth from the Scottish mainland. Photo courtesy of AG.|
|Fumitories. There are six species in Orkney, two of which can be seen here.|
|Annual Nettle, the much more potent cousin of the Common Nettle|
|Looking across to the hillside of the Dwarfie Hamars, where the eagles had nested.|
|RSPB volunteers were on hand to help visitors spot the birds.|
|There are two young eagles in this shot, one on a mound towards the bottom left, and the other in a similar position top right.|
|A male Black Darter basking on a bridge parapet.|
|A pair of Common Hawkers making out.|
|A Black Darter perched on my camera lens (Pet, give us your camera quick!)|