On this years holiday to Scotland, 2016, we returned to the Isle of Iona, they say if you visit once, you will visit at least three times, this was our third visit 🙂 I have posted loads about Iona…….. Iona is a small island in the Inner Hebrides off the Ross of Mull on the western coast of Scotland. It was a centre of Gaelic monasticism for four centuries and is today renowned for its tranquility and natural beauty.
This trip was not about the Abbey, this time we wanted to explore the island a little. My husband, Steve, had read about mermaids tears and wanted to see if he could find some. This involved walking to ‘The Bay at the Back of the Ocean’, but that is for another post, this is about what happened on the way. Magic happened, something that I never thought I would see, we had heard the noise on Iona before and on the Isle of Coll, but we had never seen a Corncrake before. They make a sound like a, sort of…….. crake crake noise, you hear them, but never see them……until the day we visited for a third time, magic because we saw three.
I only managed to get photos of two, the third was on the way back, nearer the village. All three ran across the road in front of us. I was so lucky that my camera was in my hand. Husband suddenly shouted, quick start shooting, which I did, some are not as clear as I would like, but to see something that you have never seen before is just amazing, it just made the day even more beautiful. Sorry there are so many photos, but I treasure each one of them 🙂 One thing I did notice was their very long legs, I took photos of the information board, so that you can read a little about these amazing birds.