I have just had two excellent days out with people on our winter wildlife package. Within an hour we had two very close golden eagles, an equally close sea eagle and a male otter at the ferry point, along with a reporter from Radio 4 who is doing a piece on the possible new Hebridean Islands National Park. It went pretty well. Second day we were on our southern beaches and it is terrific down there.
The winter scene on Mull continues in its magical way with a flat calm sunny day and snow capped peaks. Another merlin today [my favourite bird]. Golden eagle overhead, sea eagle sitting, divers and two separate otters. Wonderful wonderful time of year which awes the odd visitor if they catch the weather right. In fact by far the best.
I have been unable to post 2007 sightings due to my forgetting to get 2007 on the diary system but ok now and here goes for another top year. Sticking in my mind is the truly wild and romantic image that you can only get in the Hebrides in winter with wild winds, sparkling sea and the adult female sea eagle from down the loch leaning into wind with her massive feet clinging to a small islet and the elements raging around her. A fabulous wild view.
Could I please again remind all who love these islands to support the Governments National Park Consultation on www.infoscotland.com/seaviews It is vital that we are not apathetic about this because without public support it will not happen. Final date has expired but they will still accept responses I am certain but soon please !!