Great day

On yesterdays Wildlife Expedition I had two very keen ladies, one from Scotland and the other from Ireland.

They were  a pleasure to take out and from the off while waiting for the sea eagles the female came  in for a chat. As it turned out it was a chat, but not with us, but its male partner as it swept in calling and landed close to the bigger female. Both looked very colourful and were very noisy !!

We had two otters interacting with two other Sea Eagles as we headed toward Gribbun, but it looked like fun rather than aggression and we had great views of both on Scarisdale rocks. We also had great northern divers, a black throated diver, which is reckoned to be the most beautiful UK bird In its summer plumage and this one was in its winter plumage, !!

 

We then had a family of 3 otters very very close and seemingly oblivious to our presence

In Glenmore we had one f those evocative views of a golden eagle sitting on the skyline in the majestic way that they do.

 

One hen harrier today, lots of red deer stags and females with young.

3 separate dippers, redshanks and lots of other things as well as views to die for, on this magical Island.

 

Wonderful day

I have a wildlife trip tomorrow and hope I see the otter I had today on Loch na Keal which was on a mission seemingly, on a very calm sea.

Has there been a better day than today ? For Mother Nature to put on a party for everyone with all of the mountains topped with snow, and dazzling sun bouncing off Loch na Keal like it was all glass.

Tonight I don’t see a sunrise shaping up yet but I do see a green strip of sky peeking over the top of the Ardmeanach Peninsular which may grow into something more.

It has been white over everywhere  today, not as cold as yesterday and sheltered from the light wind, dare I say warmish !!

Visually though everywhere I looked today I felt speechless for once. The majesty of it all here and colours of sky, mountains, sea, land and islands, was perfection for the eye.

Winter Wonderland

Well overnight it was very wild indeed here with very strong winds howling away and snow and hailstones pounding down. On getting up it was still very black and white, over the landscape as far as the eye could see.

But The islands  are indeed magical with landscapes winter white  with golden autumnal vegetation mixed in.

The cliffs of the Wilderness [ Ardmeanach peninsular] are topped with a  golden sky and the severe drop from top to the sea below, looks like a giants ski slope !

The sea on Loch na Keal was green and now from here it is muted pale blue and huge white and grey clouds are puffing themselves up over the Island of Ulva.

Basically then another visual set of natural wonders that only The Hebridean Islands can conjure up.

 

Its now 1.40 in the afternoon and the sea is blue and very calm after its wild party night and distant Iona is bathed in gold sun again. Its a great pity that more visitors don’t explore more of the South of Mull and not just Iona itself.

Eagle Island

Venturing out each day seems to be a nod to the White Tailed Sea Eagles lately, as they arrive overhead and seem to enjoy escorting me down The National Scenic Area and Loch na Keal toward Salen, often to then alight on the big shingle expanse at Killiechronan.

In other words it seems they are human watching as we would go bird watching.

 

It feels odd and mysterious.

 

As the view is from here now at 18 minutes past 3 and with what looks like an Alien Craft dropping gently onto The South of Mull. Somewhat like Close Encounters of the Third kind, if you remember the movie !!

The back drop is pale blue with 3 separate tiers of gold looking like a very posh and huge new cark park  !!

Off to the right I see more golden sky appearing through the same blueness of sky.

What does it look and feel like if you are on The South of Mull itself right now I wonder.

Anyway I have just just come into the house with  an immature sea eagle coming over us from The Island of Ulva.

 

Inspiring day

It is now 3.30 in the afternoon and it has been a wonderful day since early morning.

 

There is still no wind at all but the the slightest ripple of golden sea between my office and Iona.

There is another charcoal like sky miles out and below that golden clouds peeking through the slightly lighter charcoal.

Even in winter we have the most magical colours adorning sky, mountains and sea.

It’s fascinating really that we don’t have more artists living here but then I am still an artist I suppose ? But my wildlife tours and wild friends consume any spare time I might have to get back to drawing and painting. One day I will !!

 

Slices of Orange are now poking out of the creamy grey clouds and there is no doubt about another sunset coming up this evening and tomorrow sounds just the same, probably with a full moon like last night and amazing sunrise in the morning.

I often ask my wildlife customers when talking about that word we humans invented and that is ‘intelligence’. In short, which is more intelligent to live on an Island which looks like somewhere in the South Pacific at times, or to live in any major city on Britain’s mainland  ?

Peaceful

It another very calm day here with the sun trying to get through light clouds.

The landscape is also very colourful and yes out above Iona right now the sun has won  the little battle with the light mist and now it looks pretty sunny down there.

I see Red Deer patrolling the skyline behind the house and yesterday I saw Fallow Deer which I think are the most beautiful of any British Deer and beyond I feel. They trot around like ballet dances and we only get them in the Knoch Area of Loch na Keal and Loch Buie, which is in itself very beautiful and majestic.

Clearing all the time now so it could be a nod from mother nature to get the sun bloc on.

Hoping Sheffield United win today and I have to say I do miss seeing them in real life like I always did when I lived in Sheffield.

 

 

Different again

If anyone read my morning posting they will rmember that it was amazing here particularly the scenes around our mountainous areas.

 

However about lunchtime the multi colours had gone, replaced by a pervading white mist particularly over the sea which I guess was something to do with it being a lot milder then.

It has all changed again now with the mist ebbing and a ball of a sun shining through it high above the house and I can now see Iona and southern Mull pretty easily with its backdrop of sunshine.

On my way down Loch na keal to Salen I saw one otter and a couple of sea eagles sitting on their islets.

This has become very trendy it seems for sea eagles to do !! A bit like beards have become trendy on the mainland  !!! along with long blonde hair !!

Iona has disappeared again I the last 5 minutes, so maybe tonight we aren’t going to get that sunset and full moon like last night.

As you can tell from the above and all of my postings you can never be bored here because it is always changing, and determined that we live a colourful life.

Wow !! and more Wow !!

What a scene at 8.30 am from my office and across the sea, where a brilliant red sky is covering Benmore and all of its adjoining mountains peaks.

It is  overwhelmingly colourful, with pink. red, blue and goodness knows what else covering this most exotic scene.

 

There are now a couple of sheep 25m away from me posing, with this fabulous backdrop as if the whole area was on fire. What a winning photograph this would make in any competition ??

 

Lemon Sky

Here we go then at 4.30 in the afternoon and a most wonderful lemon sky filling the distant horizon from my office.

There are a few twigs and winter plants in front of the scene which makes it all look very tropical.

There are the now inevitable charcoal clouds below the yellow and my guess is that this scene goes all the way beyond Ulva , Tiree and the Island of Coll, where the sun will be setting soon in a ball of gold.

It has stayed calm and not really cold at all today and on my way down Loch Na Keal there was one of the Sea Eagles sitting with the shags and seals  waiting again for an otter to catch something big and worth fighting over as usual.

The wild holiday experience is very underrated here in these magical Islands but the French are coming north it seems and clearly rate it, as my own wildlife trips have shown.

The Europeans are a delight to take out and are always very praising of their experiences here.

Vive la France I say then.

Hebridean wonders

It is 10.52 and another brilliant day and very calm sea again.

I must get out and have a look for the elusive crossbills today.

Inevitably I will look for other things of course including Otter and Eagles !!

It looks so inviting out from my office right now and so I must go and have a look before we get a shower or something worse !!

However it looks like it will be sunny all day and not so cold.

For a change it seems the poor weather is on the east coast of Scotland and England today and with a bit of luck will stay the same.