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30/12/03

Fabulous sunny day today with snow capped peaks. We had six sea eagles together in the mountains after just seeing two golden eagles with buzzards. We had another three golden eagles, two sitting and one holding like a buzzard in the wind when we could even see his feathered legs. Finally the otter we had been looking for with a peachy coloured sea in the background and the sound of him munching his shellfish.

17/12/2003

No trips just lately, it seems that all of you tourists think we are deep in snow up here. In fact we have the least snow in the uk in the Hebrides. Anyway a great sighting of two eagles very close to our new house today. One took a rabbit or a hare. As usual the buzzards and ravens did not like their presence and were dashing around excitedly. Have a nice Xmas everybody and do think about a late winter trip to the Hebridean Islands.

09/12/2003

Can I do a bit of market research? Why do we see no tourists during the so called off season? There are great fly/drive deals with easyjet and the airport is 20 minutes from fab scenery! Todays view from the new house is truly awesome with a gigantic blaze of sunshine beaming down onto the island of Inch Kenneth as if the mothership is about to descend. I think the landscape in Lord of the Rings is very very tame!!

04/12/2003

Wonderful misty and then sunny day today. As the weather cleared I spotted something on a rock in the mountains which turned into a terrific view of a young Golden Eagle. Out of the mountains and on a small sea loch we saw mum and three otter cubs and then another two otters roaming around on very photogenic craggy islands just offshore at Carsaig. Great day with no one about.

01/12/2003

Here we are in December with clear blue sky and warm sun. However I can see from my chair that our highest mountain Ben More is capped with snow. Not for the fist time we are the only area of Britain bathed in winter sun. Yesterday was a good wildife day with porpoise and the two eagle species. After much searching I found a male otter asleep on the seaweed until a dog came by and sent it off to hide for a while.

27/11/2003

It was a lovely day today and of course we get fabulous views out to sea and over the islands from the new house. We have just had our first guest in the new suite and we think it looks super. Where are all these adventurous tourists? These romantic Hebridean Islands are all yours in the winter months. Otters are having their young, Sea Eagles and Golden Eagles are displaying over their territories and the sea is at its most interesting.

23/11/2003

Yes we saw the usual eagles and otters today and the porpoise were a plus but this was the most beautiful day of the year, with no wind, misty peaks and warm sunshine. There was snow on the mountains but we had lunch on one of our lovely southern beaches, collected pebbles and watched the seals. There was no one around and the light and colours were truly amazing.

16/11/2003

No wildlife trip today but it has been a beautiful sunny and warm day at our new house. The sun is just going down way out to sea over Iona and a lovely yellow sky is dappled with hundreds of flecks of puffy grey clouds. It is very peaceful and snug here and the sheeps wool insulation in the house seems to be very good indeed. Now we know how a sheep feels.

13/11/2003

This is a great time of year if you catch it right and today we had good views of a sitting Sea Eagle, 2 or 3 Otters, Hen Harrier, Great Northern Diver and a ‘real’ Golden Eagle sighting, as we saw one bird circling and landing and then watched another gliding low and sitting on a crag in a very golden eagly locality and moment!! Its all very evocative because there is no one about.

10/11/2003

Wonderful wildlife sighting today when as the sun was just going down we had a school of about seven bottle nosed dolphins very close inshore. With them was the smallest baby dolphin I have ever seen. It was all the more special because we had a mirror calm and peachy coloured sea. There was no one about but the leaping dolphins and the sound of their blowing. It was a really magical Hebridean Islands moment.