Wednesday, 23 April 2014

WTE

Another cracking day out with not very many photos taken. We struggled a bit to start with but it soon got going with Yellowhammers, RT Diver, a couple of Common Scoter all seen before we picked up a flock of 5 WT Eagle. A Golden Eagle put in a brief appearance beside the bigger birds too. A distant male Hen Harrier was appreciated before we headed off to lunch where we saw another Golden Eagle and a single Adder. There are plenty of Skylark singing but it can be difficult to see them when they gain a bit of height.
A decent sized flock of Golden Plover were seen while we looked for Mountain Hare...
...and a decent view of WT Eagle right at the end of the day!
I did manage a few photos on my way back home - the RT Divers were a bit closer in.
We'd had Guillemot and Razorbill (below) but the closer ones had been feeding so they didn't stay on the surface for long.
The next day the male Hen Harrier was hunting along the side of the road...
...and the Turnstones that we couldn't find the previous day were in plain sight.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Stuffed

Another cracking day on Mull - clear skies and plenty to see. A Common Sandpiper was a fresh arrival so we had to stop for a look.
A Shag was posing on the rocks as we drove past.
A couple of WT Eagle showed well over the ridge before they drifted off into the distance.
They may have drifted off because of the appearance of a Hercules aircraft that was doing low flying manoeuvres. It wasn't too long before a Typhoon was flying in the same area - not wildlife but pretty spectacular!
We had the good fortune to watch an Otter for half an hour as it made it's way along the shore.
The Tawny Owl was in it's usual place - is it stuffed?
Two Golden Eagles were seen at lunchtime while a hunt around for Adders was successful but they took a bit of finding. Some are easy to see...
...while others are a bit more cryptic.
I've seen quite a few Lesser Black-backed Gulls but none close enough for the camera.
There are plenty of Northern Wheatears about now...
...but a small flock of Golden Plover were capturing all the attention.
A single Twite was seen but only briefly and the find of the day was this Snipe at the side of the road!

Friday, 18 April 2014

Comb

An interesting morning was had with plenty of GN Diver, a couple of WT Eagle, a single Swallow, 3 RT Diver and a single Otter being the highlights. While having lunch a Golden Eagle put in an appearance and it wasn't too long before it came in for a closer look at us - unfortunately it decided to circle above us with the sun directly behind it!
There was a good showing from the Adders with four seen but they were blending in well with the surroundings.
A pair of Hen Harriers were seen displaying as were a pair of Kestrels. The usual collection of Rock Pipit and Starlings were seen...
...along with a few, newly arrived, Sand Martin. Other highlights in the afternoon were an 80 strong flock of Golden Plover, Northern Wheatear, Willow Warbler and plenty of Mountain Hare. Bird of the day for me was this scruffy looking Great Northern Diver - could do with a comb to get those loose feathers out!