Grey Herons are my favorite birds to shoot by tele-lens as they are extremely shy and will fly away, as soon as you get closer than maybe 60 meters...
They absolutely do not care, as long you sit in the car, but as soon as you turn off the engine, or open a window, theywill fly away immediately.
But I have my APO 5,6/400mm lens ready and I was lucky with this Grey Heron in a place, where I could hide behind a bush and the heavy trafic made sure the bird would not hear me
Miscellaneous: There are plenty of more pics in the travelogues !
We were directed to "the bright yellow hostel" (downtown next to the square) in Portree as a place to do our mid-trip laundry. Follow the paved road around to the back of the building and the laundry entrance is located there on the bottom floor. (Do NOT drive down in there or you might not get back out as it used for delivery trucks.)
Portree Independent Hostel
Skye has gotten a pretty decent infrastructure during the recent years, but distances can be very big on this large island with peninsulas and deeply indented sea lochs. Prices will be higher than what you are used to from your city. You need to have waterproofs with you as it rains very often here. Better go for the good quality stuff as the water might hit you at the speed of gale force winds
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: During June, July and August, you need a strong midge repellent. Contrary to what people might tell you, these do work, but not in the way that a large glass dome will protect you from midges landing on you. It merely prevents them from biting you. However, nothing will work against a large midge swarm having worked itself into a biting frenzy. Alternative to repellent are midge nets (for your head, to be worn over a hat -- they make you look like a bank robber but are quite commonly seen in the highlands). Very useful against light midge attacks are hooded sweat shirts -- you simply pull up the hood and your neck is protected. The better your clothing is covering your skin, the better your protection against the biting monsters.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Keep in mind that some areas of Skye, in particular the Cuillins, have magnetic rocks rendering a compass useless. Rely on a GPS. Always tell someone where you're headed and when you are to be expected back.
Just make sure you bring a coat. Even in summer when the temperature is relatively high, the wind makes it a hell of a lot colder. You'll be okay in the towns but the hills and coast can get freezing!
Photo Equipment: Lots and Lots of Camera Film... you'll use it, trust me.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Although I visited Skye in the middle of July, the temperature hovered around 10 C during the day, and the rain and drizzle were merciless. I'd been warned about the high probability of bad weather in the west of Scotland, and I wasn't disappointed. Luckily, I'd brought warm and weatherproof clothing.
Take some good walking shoes and warm clothes... Also don't forget to take some wet weather gear...
Photo Equipment: Take lots of film...there are so many photo opportunities...