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26/02/2009

Yes a good trip today with fascinating interraction between 4 sea eagles behaving strangely near a nest site. No golden eagles today but hen harriers and a male otteralseep on his back on a bank of seaweed showing his pale chin at range before he rolled over onto his tummy to show his ottery face and whiskers.

25/02/2009

Well we have definitely lost those beautiful sunny days while everyone else in Britain was thick with snow. Much more changeable now but none the less atmospheric and surely aimed at making us all feel very alive here!!Big sweeping dark showers arrive and then pass to give clear blue sky and a sea with a million white horses. Our renewable energy fair had a massive turnout. In fact a sort of Hebridean Oscars and you missed lots of good food with me as waiter.

22/02/2009

I am gutted yet happy for the people of Harris who unlike Mull have voted for National Park status for their wonderful Island. Mull is better!! and far more varied and it got the governments vote in the recent Park consultation.But a few people here did not want it and in these places it’s about he who shouts loudest unfortunately.

22/02/2009

Slightly grey but calm day today and if its calm in the Hebrides its Heaven! So it was, on the wild headland of Treshnish Haun in the far north west of Mull. A golden eagle quartered the ridge above us and the scene was big empty and serene.Its some time since I was up there and I know I go on about the sheer spetacle of the mountains, coastline and offshore Islands etc but I can’t help it !! Mull captured my heart again today and tonight the sunset is huge.

19/02/2009

Good day for a trip today and an early adult sea eagle sitting out on the large expanse of shingle beach on Loch na Keal. The backdrop is spectacular with light snow on the top of Ben More which towers out of the sea in the background. Three golden eagles diplaying above us. Two more coming from a mile out. The otter that everyone wanted to see and very close! Various divers and a female hen harrier flying across the road in front of us.Lots of red deer stags.

16/02/2009

Just had a few days away and returned to misty drizzly weather but milder. Unloading the car I saw a sea eagle lifting from the coast ahead of the house, as if to say welcome back. If he wants to make me happy though, he would nest just down there on the cliffs this year and who knows??

12/02/2009

Well after the heady days of inspiring weather that we have been getting, today is raining !!! but I think it’s a getting better day. We had a good vole year in 2007 and breeding was very good for our vole eating birds of prey and so I think that added to the good winter it should be another good year for raptors, I hope !!

11/02/2009

Days are getting even better with another clear sunny day but a bit warmer today. Reminds me of the February almost 30 years ago when we were rennovating our big old house in Tobermory and the tradesmen were sititng on the lawn having their lunch. 2007 was also a beutiful February and we were stripping off at Loch Buie I recall. It turned into a memorable Spring and Summer.

10/02/2009

A wonderful 120 mile round trip to Scoor beach in the south of mull today amid clear skies and snowy peaks. In fact it was quite warm at the beach and no one there of course. The low sun white sand and sound of the sea breaking is lovely to behold in mid winter. A place for the geologist and fossil hunter too and rock pools galore amid the white sand for the kids. The Hebrides is a wonderful place to bring up children, with such space, safety and closeness to nature.

09/02/2009

Another amazing looking day here with golden landscape and a flat sea for miles out. It’s an unusual soft peachy light on the islands and the frozen and glistening snow flecked mountains across Loch na Keal.I dont see how there can be a more beautiful sight than today on the West Coast of Mull. How long is this dry sunny weather going to last here? Well forever, provided we get easterly winds.