Yesterday (Thursday) was my turn to take a boat trip out to the west of Mull and visit the Treshnish Isles, while Neil was dog-minding and hopping from beach to beach!
Another day of blazing sunshine but it was surprisingly cold on the boat in a cool north west breeze. The combination of both the wind and sun coloured me up even more like a beetroot than normal!
It was pretty calm in most places we visited and it wasn't long before we found some action. A pod of Harbour Porpoises showed intermittently and a single slinky Minke Whale showed a couple of times but then disappeared in typical fashion! A pod of energetic Common Dolphins came next but alas we couldn't find a Basking Shark.
Plenty of sea-birds included a big movement of Manx Shearwaters in the morning, but strangely none in the afternoon. A single Sooty Shearwater was flying with them. Common auks, gulls, terns, a couple of Bonxies and two Great Northern Divers kept us entertained at sea. However as soon as we landed on Lunga, it was the comical Puffin that continued the entertainment with plenty of interaction, against a backdrop of Bluebells.
All too soon we were back at Tobermory where I was met by two energetic dogs and not such an energetic husband as they had clearly worn him out!
|Puffin and Bluebell|