Now that winter is almost upon us, flocks of waders can be seen feeding in various habitats. On the rocky shores there are now large numbers of Turnstones and Purple Sandpipers which visit us from breeding areas in e.g. Iceland.
Sandy beaches are the place to see Ringed Plover, Sanderling and Bar-tailed Godwits although the Godwits can also be seen feeding in the fields with the large flocks of Curlew now present. The Curlew in the picture enjoying its crab lunch was photographed outside the surgery.
The seabirds have now long gone from their nesting ledges on the cliffs but a number of Kittewakes always seem to hang around at Rapness ferry terminal until well into the winter as the accompanying picture shows.
One or two Stonechats have been around lately. These attractive little birds are fairly widespread breeders in the Orkney Mainland but not so regular out here in Westray.
The dead Spider Crab pictured here was found at Swartmill Beach.