It was another beautiful morning here. Add John Denver’s wonderful meaningful and inspiring songs and lyrics to the mix, as I drove down to Salen, while across the loch Benmore and its adjoining mountains again looked just like the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, What more can anyone ask for? Ideally of course you can sing along yourself, which adds to the spectacle and romance of it all.

Hopefully  more than myself may have seen my favourite bird on, the way back up Loch na keal,  as a male Merlin was perched on a big boulder and kept rock hopping alongside me as it flew and landed, flew and landed. Like its wonderful name the Merlin to me is magical, being very small, colourful, very fast and rare of course.

The Sea eagles were up on our hill an hour ago taking in the sun while we had it.


Now at 3.30  its turned misty again, though there is little wind today.


I have a tour Sunday for 5 people who all sound keen and the weather forecast sounds good. So fingers crossed.



Here we go

Yes here we go again at 4pm with a sumptuous deep orange sky over the South of Mull and Iona with lemon gold sky now over Ulva and a gigantic ball of  yellow/ orange sun  seemingly waiting to do its part piece.

Well here it is now with the most intense deep yellow sky with charcoal clouds above and a pale blue sky above that.


What a skyline it is right now with the whole region on fire.

Wonderful morning now the same this evening.

It’s another superlative view from my office tonight, with an ocean full of green and blue sea. There are charcoal  clouds over Southern Mull and a yellow and orange sky.

I think that it is going to be an exceptional sunset tonight out to sea from Calgary.  So look West to the magical Hebridean Islands if you want to see true beauty.


And here is a WOW for the bright green and yellow sky over The Island of Ulva.

The fairy’s have been very busy mixing these special colours for us this evening.

The green and yellow  is now even more intense.

Have a good evening everyone, including the fairy’s.



Wondeful start

Well I can’t praise mother nature enough this morning because it is a most stunning start here, on our big West Coast and National Scenic Area.


There are clouds of every colour above an orange sea like glass


across the Loch and above Benmore is a pale blue sky along with many other coloured clouds.


Too much beauty today to get into this posting !  Actually the sea is now getting more orange by the minute   !!!


Sunshine and Showers

Well best day for looking for wildlife then !!

It is going to be showery today but also sunny and it looks wonderful as usual from here with great creamy white clouds bulging off the sea and into the heavens.  There are also numerous  big and small breaks of blue sky adding to the colourful scene and terrific visual effects that are so frequent here at all times of year.

The word that I regularly exclaim, whether from my office or meandering down Loch na Keal,  is  WOW !!! and probably ‘WOW !! again.

Oban trip

I had a few things to do in Oban today including getting a new watch strap, have  fish in batter at my favourite fish and chip shop, get some more bird food and generally get out and mix a little !

Yesterdays wildlife trip was another good tour with a young enthusiastic  boy of about 12 and his Dad. Both are living in Warsaw but are English and have connections here.

Onto the National Scenic Area which duly impressed them and there we had slavonian grebes in summer and winter plumage, an otter very close inshore and as instinct swivelled me around, there was an adult white tailed sea eagle going along the tree tops behind us and alighting to look very colourful particularly in the telescope.

Onward after cake and drink and two adult sea eagles sitting on the islets offshore, from where they often pounce on otters and steel their bigger prey. While we had soup and sandwiches off went the sea eagles to alight on another islet and then onward again to another !!

A few great northern divers yesterday, little grebe, dipper, female hen harrier, red deer stags and females with young.

So a good and dry day yesterday.


Misty day

Not been the best day today but a White Tailed Sea Eagle  just dived off the top of the hill  behind me and flew over the house and out to sea. This seems to have heralded the arrival of another fabulous sea ,landscape and intense golden sky.

As usual I feel that each day I am being tested by mother nature to pass on the beauty that is now before me, with golden  dappled sea and another golden world way outward Iona and southern Mull again.

However it is now late afternoon and Mother Nature may feel she has had her fun because the sky is looking grey again, like this morning, but thankfully tomorrows forecast is much better and I have two couples out with me who are hopefully as keen as I am !!



Good sightings, Super weather

Today eagles were at the fore with sea eagles tangling with golden eagles and then single birds of both species elsewhere.

Otters are never easy but the big male on the Croggan road gave super long term views.

Maybe three or even four hen harriers today.

But the eagles scrapping with each other and locking talons is always a thrill, as they tumble together in the sky.

Red deer stags, females and young were scattered around and everyone seemed to be enjoying the really nice, calm and sunny day.


More of the same please Mother Nature




Moody Mull

From sunrise to what will soon be almost sunset, it has been the most glorious still and colourful day and I have spent the day pottering in everything !!

Yesterday was the absolute opposite being misty and drizzly most of the day. However my guests were very nice and keen and we had an adult female WhiteTailed Sea Eagle on an islet just offshore. She looked very bulky indeed with a very big white tail. Then she launched off the islet and flew low toward Killiechron area.

We had a female hen harrier heading for Craignure after going through Glenmore and on the coast great northern divers aplenty in full summer plumage. Which means they have left their arctic summering grounds in the very far north, to now winter here, until maybe May .

After dropping my people off I had another female harrier 25m on my left and this morning another in Loch Ba.

Generally speaking if they are are still around and Great  Northern Divers are happy here right now, it probably means the weather is not going to be too bad and maybe even pleasant  !!