On yesterdays Wildlife Expedition we had more of this tropical weather with tropical vegetation to match.
In the last few weeks trees, grassland, flowers and any other growing things have reminded me of Costa Rica with it lush vegetation.
We had a very good view of a White Tailed Sea Eagle again, seals were basking offshore with another Sea Eagle, Goosander, common sandpipers, buzzards as always, Red Deer, standing stone and I hope good food and drink !
Today is going to be another truly tropical day and so it might be the beach and in the sea for many people as it is very hot and must be beginning to worry farmers and anyone growing crops of whatever sort.
So yes super sunshine but with its negatives as well !! AND we just missed a Golden Eagle but tomorrows’ another day !!
I am sorry my friends and followers about my lack of diary postings in the last week but I have been on a wild trip to Wester Ross to let them know I exist and give out my wildlife leaflets.
The area is very wild alright with towering peaks and cliff faces and numerous lochs and locherns. I had good accommodation and the fish and chips were good. I left my favourite baseball hat in a small friendly B and B called Newton which I would recommend and as I returned home it arrived in a padded envelope !! All of the people were very friendly.
Red Deer were scattered around the region but other than that there wasn’t the wildlife that should be expected in such a vast and varied place. It was still exciting though with the odd white sand beach shining from the coast but as you might expect of me, Mull is so much more varied and a gentler experience for explorers.
PLockton lived up to its reputation and was lovely and worthy of another visit along with Mallaig, Gairloch, Ullapool and others.
Apologies for any spelling mistakes !!
Back to Mull and Eagle Island now though !!!
It has been sunny all day and even now at almost 10 o’clock it is still sunny.
On Todays Wildlife Tour I had an early otter before picking people up. Thereafter, when we were gathered we had close views of a Sea Eagle Slavonian Grebes, another sea eagle in the middle of Loch na Keal, red deer, seals of course, golden eagle, female hen harriers and an hour ago I had Mr Handsome the male hen harrier cross our track by my minibus and go dancing along toward Loch na Keal too. He was brilliantly white and deserves his star rating.
Another small colourful star is the whinchat which looked exotic in the scope.
In short then lots of sightings today and more to come I am sure.
Every day I am awed at what the BBC claim is happening with the weather each day here, because all that we have seen for weeks is sun, sun and more sun.
We need rain here more than anything now, which they keep forecasting but it never happens.
Their weather station on Tiree needs updating to L La Land.
I had to go to Oban today as I am needing a phone charger for my mobile when I am out and about. I have managed for some time now but I do need this facility. For instance I am off distributing my large box of wildlife leaflets very shortly and I will need my mobile to be regularly charged and this new charger will help a lot.
It has been another terrific day and again the weather forecasters getting it wildly wrong. But it is rain that we need now not more burning sun !!
It’s not so unusual for these islands to annually have a very long spell without water and initially it feels good, but reality like now is setting in and I pity islanders that don’t have their own well and water supply such as we do.
Wonderful sail to and from Oban though today with the entire ocean like milk
Well it is much the same here, with too much heat and too much business… I need a rest like everyone else !!
Sea eagles and golden eagles again, great northern divers still it seems wanting to stay on Mull rather than go home now, nice shot of Slavonian grebe from one of my guests. Big sighting today enjoying the porpoise returning not far off our Ferry from Oban To Craignure.
They are something of a marker for me. For if they are back then more will be seen around the island now.
Lots snd lots of p[people from overseas still visiting the Hebridean Islands along with the porpoise and we had lots of smiling faces enjoying the beauty of Mull and the seas that surround it and I know they will come again.
Remember though, I want keen people, not those just looking for something to do !! Please XXX
Maybe it’s now getting just too glorious up here in The Scottish Islands.
I am pers0nally exhausted with it, but losing my mobile only to find it again exhausted me more!
Anyway, today White Tailed Sea Eagles, super otter and lots of smaller birds everywhere now, a distant Male Hen Harrier in Glenmore and a very keen bunch of customers today.
I am ssorry I can’t write anymore this evening as I have to prepare for another tour for tomorrow.
Well it’s now 8.15 in the evening , The sun is till blazing away and becoming simply too hot !!
The sea is still l like a millpond, swallows are wheeling around the building as if they are very happy.
Maybe they had also been waiting for this much better weather too, this Spring.
The landscape is altogether far more verdant now and all we need to feel we are in the tropics is a really good downpour of rain, which would also save me carrying lots of water out to our meadow and up to my fruit bushes which I have a lot of confidence in.
Here in the Hebridean Islands there are magical places in my opinion and where mother nature is in control and can be trusted to take care of it, whereas our leaders cannot.
Well a super day yesterday I think, with again lots of sightings and highlights.
We had as many as 8 White Tailed Sea Eagles on Loch na keal, flying mainly but sitting too.
Our male otter was just before Gribbun cliffs and everyone behaved well in not spooking him. However he eventually got a fish and came onshore with it, but as it neared us with everyone standing very still it looked up through its face full of whiskers and wandered ahead of us. Lots of Great Northern Divers again reluctant it seems to head north yet and home
Lots of smaller birds yesterday and the Prized Golden Eagles soaring above us.
Too late I am afraid to look for hen harriers and short eared owls, as the ferry to the mainland was beckoning at least one of our group.
Tomorrow is another day then, but right now on Saturday June 2nd the mist is backing off, so possibly more heat but haven’t we had enough up here now ??