To escape the world of politics for a few hours on election day, I led a trip with the Orkney Field Club to the island of Shapinsay. Shapinsay never disappoints, we had great views of a Buzzard, both male and female Hen Harriers hunting, a Sparrowhawk, Whooper Swans, Reed Buntings, Stonechats, Redwings, Fieldfares and lots of wildfowl at Mill Dam Reserve. We ended the day watching the local seals (selkies) and watching the sunset before getting the ferry home. I might add Shapinsay to my island trips for next year, its a good one for any time of year.