Ah! the time has marched on again and I find that weeks have gone by since I last posted. The good news is that I have been very busy Out and About and that our tourist season is proving to be a busy one.

The weather has been a real mixed bag, but as I write we have sunshine with a stiff breeze! Yesterday I was out with a family group from the USA and on our tour of the Westside of Lewis they literally had to hang onto their hats. However they saw Lewis at its best with all of the mixed weather we have come to expect.

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking a couple of keen birdwatchers out for the day and we had a fantastic day out on Lewis. The highlights for both them and I was seeing an immature Golden Eagle perched on the edge of its nest and the illusive Red-necked Phalaropes on the Westside of Lewis.

We had some early sightings of Basking Sharks around Lewis this year and last month I had the great pleasure of seeing a small pod of Orcas off the Butt of Lewis. These were the first Orcas I have seen in years and because of the calm sea conditions we were able to observe then for almost 15 mins.

Last week I was on Bostadh Sands on Great Bernera with some clients when we had the good fortune to be able to watch a pair of Great Skua chase a Herring Gull to try and get it to jettison its meal. Its a bit like watching a guided missile closing in on its target!!