An evening spent on the beach in this isolated spot just north of the extraordinary RSPB Balranald nature reserve on North Uist. The beach is close to a well-known blowhole, though the tide was out when I went, and so unfortunately I couldn’t find this spot.
The beach was wonderfully noisy; lots of Oyster Catchers were very keen on chasing me off. Ringed plovers with their more modest peee-eeep were very pretty and also abundant. A few noisy herring gulls were about. And, I saw a spotted flycatcher nabbing some of the thousands of little black flies that hovered quickly over the drying seaweed near the shore.
I sat on a few boulders; very beautiful with stripes and of varied sizes. There were many pools filled with bright green algae/seaweed.
Where the sun had evaporated the pools the residue was now a starched white.
It was very peaceful to sit there and listen to the sounds of the birds, and the tide coming inexorably in.