Back to doing wildlife trips today and within 10minutes we had an otter heading to its holt. Lots of divers, a young golden eagle, a sea eagle alighting on an island to me mobbed by gulls while a few hundred barnacle geese looked on. A glaucous gull, two more golden eagles, two more sea eagles and two female hen harriers. Finally two close otters.
We are currently in a dry, calm and quite sunny spell. The light shafting down onto the islands offshore is quite beautiful and I feel like checking the sea every moment in case I am missing something big! I have a trip tomorrow which should be very good and it will give me a chance to check on sea eagle sites and we may get the odd rarity around.
Well we and Mull had a good plug in the Daily Mail yesterday when Bill Oddie recommended us as one of Britains top ten wildlife destinations. But the day was really stolen by the weather again because as we drove down through Glen Coe with mountains dusted with snow and across to Mull on a flat sea and a great sunset, it was good to be alive and away from the cities. Nice day again today.
Its a lovely Hebridean day today with the odd cloud and lots of blue sky and sea. I was on the roof fixing a slate and a sea eagle drifted overhead. Probably looking for prey of course and often carrion but my cold is not that bad just yet thank heaven.
Well I have this dreadful cold which I picked up as usual in the city!! Of course its a bit like living in the Amazon rainforest here where you easily get bugs once you meet other people! The other day was like living in a twister for 24hours and most say it was the worst weather ever here. But a day later the sea was calm and the sun was out and it was very mild and like living in Samoa!!
Keen people today wanting to see a golden eagle. It started very wet but cleared to be sunny and very windy. On a sheltered section of coast we had very close views of an otter. Above the highest road on the island we spotted a golden eagle struggling against the wind. Within five minutes it was just 100 feet above us and givng top eagle views as we all got buffeted by the wind. Great moment with an eagle and pulsating elements. Lots more as usual and another glaucous gull.
A couple of otters again today, low cloud and so no golden eagles but a good view of a sitting sea eagle, black throated diver, at least 250 barnacle geese, fallow and red deer, dipper and two hen harriers.
No trip today but I forgot to mention the group of porpoise seen on the last trip, but taking friends to the ferry this afternoon we saw two glaucos gulls together, a couple of otters and . we all watched a white tailed sea eagle drifting past our house