Male Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)
We had a whole day birding our patch today, leaving the house, on foot at 5.40am. The weather started out pretty cold and windy but by mid morning it was a balmy 16'C
We were amazed to find this male Ruff (Philomachus pugnax), almost in full summer plumage. There are very few spring records for Ruff here in the Outer Hebrides, they are mostly seen in the autumn when they are migrating back south. The only other place i've seen Ruff looking as magnificent as this is Sweden where i saw them on their breeding grounds.
Our total number of species for the day was 67 - not too bad for a 3 square kilometer patch :-)