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31/12/2004

It was a good day to see 2004 out with around four otters, a sea eagle gliding along a hillside, two golden eagles, a male hen harrier and two female harriers. Divers are here in numbers now and despite the weather the winter beauty of the island stole the show again I suppose. Have a great and very wild New Year.

17/12/2004

A wild winters day today with frequent hail showers. However we still saw sea eagle, two golden eagles behind at least 200 feeding barnacle geese. A male hen harrier and 4 female harriers together.The islands are very quiet now but there is a closeness to nature and the elements that cannot be bettered. Except of course our dazzling white beaches and warm sand under your feet in summer!!

06/12/2004

I can see rain clearing from Iona across the sea and we had a short break in the weather a couple of hours ago when I was hiking up to the road end with our wheely bin. As usual when I bother to look at the sky there is something to see here and above me were two white tailed sea eagles touching talons and calling. Scoring a goal for your team is a great feeling but seeing truly wild and rare creatures in equally wild places beats it!

01/12/2004

No wildlife trips at the moment of course because of you softies down there but goodness me and goodness me again, you are all missing some incredible sunsets from here. We had a black sky yesterday evening that finished about 500 feet above Iona. The entire horizon was then red and gold. Right now there is a similar dark cloud over Iona with a ball of golden light descending on the island and then reflecting all the way across the sea to here.

28/11/2004

No trip today but we have a beautiful sunset out to sea and over the islands. Our lounge window is like an everchanging piece of art as it frames the different moods of the Island and the sea surrounding it. I don’t see how certain days in our Hebridean winter could be bettered anywhere in the world.

26/11/2004

Excellent weather today for two lads that wanted to see a golden eagle. We kicked off with two sea eagles high above us and then an otter not far from our house. Then two high golden eagles which I had seen earlier from across the loch. Eventually though exciting views of three golden eagles displaying and covering a large amount of sky. Also male hen harrier with them.

22/11/2004

Not so wet today and we duly saw a sea eagle and a golden eagle in flight and then really excellent views of three golden eagles with one alighting on a tree. Good shot in the scope. No otters but I saw one on the way out for the trip walking on the shore. Black throated diver and then another good view of a sitting sea eagle. Lots of deer and seals as always of course. Also bar tailed godwit with curlews.

21/11/2004

Very wet day today and we were lucky to see two sea eagles sitting on a tree pretty close to us. Highlight today were three seperate otters though we also saw a distant golden eagle which was an achievement on such a wet day.

17/11/2004

A grey cold showery day today but great sightings. Usual sea and golden eagles, otter, divers, harriers. But having just stopped to feed the ravens we saw three whooper swans on a mountain loch and surprise surprise a short eared owl hunting and sitting really close to us but why so high in the mountains in winter!!!!

15/11/2004

Fiddling on the computer today I looked out of the conservatory and there was a male hen harrier going by. The weather cleared and down the coast I had two sea eagles upsetting gulls and an otter on his way to a small islet with a fish. Off to a meeting in the evening and I saw three barns owls on three seperate territories. One sat close on a fence post about 12ft from the landrover.