During June 2009 I visited North Uist, with the wader birds being the main attraction. I was also wanting to get pictures of the Hebridean flora including the endemic Hebridean Marsh Orchid, a flower restricted to just two dune slack areas. The below pictures are from this visit. 

 

All pictures are Copyright of Richard Revels FRPS

 

The Machair on North Uist is a patchwork of fields that are cultivated or left fallow, or semipermanent pastures on the dunes. "Weeds of cultivation" flourish here that have mostly been eliminated from farming elseware in Britain. The dune slacks may support huge populations of Orchids from late May to late July.

 

The wild flowers on the Machair along the western coastal area are a joy to see. Although most are common species their abundance give splendid shows well worth going to see.

 

Thrift is widespread around the rocky coast of North Uist, making a beautiful sight on the Lichen covered rocks.

 

The world's population of the Hebridean Marsh Orchid Dactylorhiza ebudensis is restricted to just two dune slack areas on North Uist.

 

The deep red coccinia form of the Early Marsh Orchid is widespread in the dune slacks and damp pastures on the Machair.

 

Wild Pansies on the Machair, North Uist. These annual "weeds of  cultivation" are common in fields that have been left fallow.

 

The Corncrake is more ofter heard than seen, but I managed to get a number of pictures of this elusive bird this year, having failed on a previous visit 3 years earlier.

 

Snipe were quite common in the damper areas and often seen sitting on posts.

 

Snipe bathing in a puddle.

 

Snipe flapping wings after bathing.

 

A Ringed Plover also came to bathe.

 

Dunlin in a puddle.

 

A Corn Bunting singing on a post. This bird was far from common here.

 

Meadow Pipits are common on North Uist, this one has food for its brood.

 

Meadow Pipit hovering with food.

 

Curlew's were frequently see in the wetter areas and on moorland.

 

Oystercatcher bathing. These birds were common but seldom performed as well as this one.

 

Oystercatcher in flight.

 

Lapwing in flight.

 

Short-eared Owl. These birds are frequently seen both settled and flying on North Uist.

 

Short-eared Owl with Vole prey. These birds were often seen hunting, but seldom came close enough to be photographed.

 

Redshank in flight.

 

Redshank's were frequently seen on post beside the road.

 

Whooper Swans bred during 2009 on North Uist.

 

Red Deer at dawn. Although seen early in the morning, deer were seldom found during the day.