Male Hen Harrier on the hunt, Isle of Islay

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Picture of a male Hen Harrier in flight, seen from the side below
Male Hen Harrier on the hunt, Isle of Islay

Always a fascinating sight, a Hen Harrier on Islay. This one I watched at Gruinart on the hunt. It tried to get to some pheasant chicks, but their mother wasn’t having any of it and fought off the Hen Harrier (unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of that brief fight).

Wreck of the SS Wasa on Balnahard beach, Isle of Colonsay

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Picture of the wreck of an old steam ship on a beach, only a few planks and bolts remain
Wreck of the SS Wasa on Balnahard beach, Isle of Colonsay

Almost 100 years before this picture was taken in April 2019 the steam ship Wasa caught fire off Colonsay in May 1920. A nearby Fleetwood trawler was able to rescue 24 of the 28 aboard and towed the burning Wasa to Colonsay where she was beached at Balnahard (Tràigh Bàn). Today only parts of the keel held together by various iron bolts as well as some other metal parts remain. Washed up fishing nets are getting caught on the bolts.