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Islay Birdwatching Pictures

Islay is very popular for birdwatching, the RSPB has two reserves on the Isle of Islay: Loch Gruinart and The Oa. I admit I don't know much about birds, I can just about differentiate between birds that fly and birds that don't fly. And I know that most Golden Eagles people see are probably Buzzards. Various walks with people who know a lot about birds has taken care of that. I don't have many pictures of birds, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate them:

I don't know her name, but someone has put a nice collection of birdwatching related pictures online: My 10 wonderful weeks in Scotland working as a volunteer for RSPB. August, September 2004. The Islay pictures are on pages 3, 4 and 5 (The other pictures are very good as well, just not from Islay).

An excellent contact for birdwatching on Islay is Jeremy Hastings, who runs birdwatching tours with Islay Birding. While I haven't been on a birdwatching tour (yet) I have met Jeremy a number of times, he's very nice and certainly knows his stuff (he also runs Islay Bushcraft).

Having attended several of his wildlife talks I should also mention Malcolm Ogilvie, I doubt there's much (if anything) about birds he doesn't know. And as this entry is about Islay birdwatching pictures I should mention the recently published book Birds of Islay - A Celebration in Photographs by Gordon Langsbury and Malcolm Ogilvie at Lochindaal Press.



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