Absolutely loving this anecdote from The changing face of South Uist and Eriskay which features wonderful photographs by the late Dr Kenneth Robertson. As well as being the southern islands' first general surgeon, in the 1960s, Robertson was a talented photographer and quite a character. This extract in particular could come straight from the pages of Whisky Galore.
"A crofter from Loch Eynort brought him a fledgling buzzard that had been abandoned. Kenneth hand-reared the buzzard and trained it using "jesses" and half a tennis ball, decorated with red feathers, as a hood. The training was very successful and Kenneth was often seen driving around the island with the buzzard seated on the back parcel shelf next to the dog. He would let it fly while he was visiting a patient in their home, whistling for it to return to the glove when he got back to the car, prompting many a raised eyebrow. "Buzzy" liked to accompany Kenneth on a round of golf at Askernish and preferred to walk beside him, getting a ride on the golf trolley when tired."
Kenneth's photographs show an agriculture that has mainly disappeared. However the warmth and community spirit he recorded seems to have survived into the 21st century, in my experience. The one sad note is that his arrival in Daliburgh hospital, then run by nuns, was seen as a great advance at the time. Daliburgh has now been closed by the local health authority. Somehow, it is hard to see that as progress.