It's been a funny old week, three different installations, interspersed with a morning volunteering for wildlife and also a chores-y/admin-y day.
Tuesday morning dawned brightly, the light picking out some of the shipping in Scapa Flow. It was a particularly busy day, with ship-to-ship transfers and ocean-going tugs preparing to accompany an accommodation platform out into the North Sea oilfields.
|Maersk Laser and Siem Pearl|
|As above, plus the tankers Nansen Spirit, Scott Spirit and Caspian Sea|
On Wednesday evening, the platform was ready to set off on its journey, after a Winter-long stay in the Flow.
|Maersk Laser with a line to the Safe Caledonia platform, plus the pilot launch John Rae|
On Thursday evening, the light was gorgeous, so I pootled down to the old kirk by the shore, to see what was about in the pools and fields.
|A male Teal busy feeding|
|Three Gadwall... there's gonna be trouble|
|One of the males makes a show of strength to scare off the intruder (whilst his potential mate is more interested in feeding)|
|She wasn't as impressed as he had hoped she would be.|
|My first Wheatear of 2019, one of three seen in a ploughed field just near the shore|