Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Red Shank


Thirty Days Wild, a post each day throughout June, something that is grounded in our wild world. This year posts are from our travels around the  north coast of Scotland  on the North Coast 500 route and a visit to Orkney. Stand by, for lots of sky, sea, wildlife, history, Spud the dog and random musings.

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On Orkney again, near the magical Ring of Brogdar; a beautiful redshank. It was raining when we arrived,

Redshank in rain 2

but as is the way, it soon brightened.  They are such elegant birds.

Redshank take 3

I think by their agitation and shrill, piping call, that they had young nearby, and that they would like to lead us away from the nests.

Redshank flight

However we were well marshalled by paths and fences so there was no danger to their young, but also no hope of seclusion for their nests, so close to such an famed archaeological site.

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

3 thoughts on “Red Shank

  1. An elegant bird indeed. I hope the weather is kind to you.

  2. An elegant and well named bird. xx

  3. I’ve never seen one but perhaps might now we’ve moved – or if I persuade Doug’s mum to do the 500 one day!

    I started to work on it last week by showing her photo’s of my brother’s camper but the response wasn’t promising.

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