Thursday, 6 June 2013

Scotland Day 12 ( Wednesday 5th June)

Hi

Yesterday (Wednesday), we took a three hour boat trip in to Loch na Keal and Loch Scridain.  The conditions were again very warm with hardly a breeze and it was very enjoyable just chugging along!  Birds seen included a Great Northern Diver, two pairs of Red-throated Divers and plenty of gulls and auks.  We espied a couple of White-tailed Eagles and one of them circled the boat twice which was pretty impressive!  The Common Seals were very vocal and the still conditions meant that their strange strangled wailing could be heard for miles!

In the afternoon we explored the south-east corner of Mull, the area around the small community outpost of Croggan was particularly beautiful and tranquil.  An adult Golden Eagle was mobbed relentlessly by a male Hen Harrier and a Hooded Crow, the harrier in particular looking tiny against the eagle.  A 'ringtail' Hen Harrier also put in an appearance but most other wildlife was repeats of previous days.

Regards

Eleanor and Neil


Common Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Oystercatcher



White-tailed Eagle

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