With the changing of the seasons the thousands of Barnacle Geese return from Greenland to winter on the Isle of Islay. Together with the Geese there are also around four thousand Whooper Swans migrating south from Iceland. The Whooper Swans don't stay on Islay but continue further east and south to the Scottish Mainland and (Northern) Ireland where Islay is merely a stop to rest, feed and recover from the first, sometimes tiring, leg of their journey. This year a rather large group of Whooper Swans are occupying a stubble-field near Rockside Farm which is a great opportunity to observe them from a relatively short distance.
Whooper Swans near Sunderland Farm