Whooper Swans and a walker in Machir Bay, Isle of Islay

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Picture of a flock of Whooper Swans flying over a beach with a lone walkerA November morning in Machir Bay, a lone walker on Kilchoman beach while a flock of Whooper Swans is passing high above. They typically don’t winter on Islay, they just pass through on their way to Ireland. Several hundred of them passed within a few days during my November visit.

Huddled Swans at Ardnave Loch, Isle of Islay

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Picture of a group of Swans huddled together at the edge of a loch (lake)Earlier on these Swans had been spread out over Ardnave Loch, but when I returned from a short walk through the dunes on a blustery day on Islay they had all huddled together. Most of them are Whooper Swans, but there were a few Mute Swans among them as well.