A warm afternoon early in the month saw us take a trip to Stenness for a walk up Russadale. I had heard reports of Black Darter finally making an appearance elsewhere in the county, so thought this might be a good site to check. We were rewarded for tackling the gentle climb with lovely views north to the Neolithic Heart of Orkney, as well as Blue-tailed and Large Red Damselflies and a pair of Black Darters.
|A mating pair of Blue-tailed Damselflies|
|A female Black Darter|
|The isthmus (centre) contains the Ness of Brodgar dig, situated between the Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar|
|Russadale quarry pool|
|A Meadow Brown butterfly|
We visited Stromness and climbed the hill behind the town, but the views back to the harbour were limited. Instead, with the still air, our ears were able to pick up sounds from the streets below, and or noses were tantalised by the smell of baking (from the Stockan's Oatcake factory). Who needs a view?!
|This football match appears to be Gulls v Oystercatchers|
|Still waters in the harbour|
|Atop Brinkie's Brae|
|The view back down into Stromness as the haar rolled in again|
|Common Blue butterfly|
|A young Wheatear|
|Melanostoma scalare (ID'd by LJ)|
|An immature gull sheltering on the rocky shore|