Last summer we spent some time on the Sunart peninsular, on the West coast of Scotland.
We enjoyed it so much that we returned again for a week at the end of June this year,
hoping to see butterflies and pine martens.
The Scottish speciality Chequered skipper butterfly was one of our prime targets
The Small pearl-bordered fritillary shared the skippers’ ancient oakwood habitat
Snipe used the fence posts as look-out points in the early morning
The garden of our cottage was home to a couple of pairs of crossbill
There were at least 7 different pine martens and it was thrilling to watch their
antics as individual characters soon started to emerge
A youngster was nervous to begin with …
… but after a better look at us …
… it soon realised we were friendly and relaxed
One was fairly bold and easily recognisable by the nick its left ear