Thursday dawned pretty grotty with low cloud but this was due to lift through the day.As you can see it was one of those days where you can't check the ridges but with no work on I wasn't that bothered. I did have a quick scan around when the cloud started to lift and it paid off immediately with a Golden Eagle just coming to land on the ridge in the sunshine. A brief glimpse of a WT Eagle disappearing over the ridge was a bonus but the sighting of the day was still to come. I was stood outside chatting and a gull calling in alarm had me looking to the skies and a good job too.......an imm Golden Eagle soaring overhead - cracking stuff!
Friday was an absolutely stunning day almost a return to Summer - clear skies and no wind. Out on the road with guests, I'd already informed them that it could be a tough day, we had a bit of a slow start. There wasn't a great deal happening at all with no birds in the sky at all. Even the Buzzards were all sitting tight. Approaching lunchtime we had nothing of any great note to speak of so a bit of sitting tight and searching the skyline was in order. It paid off as we had brief views of two Golden Eagle and then prolonged views of a different pair of the same species. We bagged a few of the water based birds in the shape of Guillemot, Shag, Eider, RT Diver, RB Merg to hold the interest. We caught up with a stunning GN Diver that was busy preening while we had lunch but there was no activity above the ridges and the best we could do was plenty of Red Deer on the hills. It was looking like a tough job for the Otters too but some extensive searching eventually winkled them out. We had to turn back to seek better views and we were rewarded with close views and plenty of photos for the guests posterity. Another two Golden Eagles perched on the ridge in the distance and very brief views of two WT Eagles finished the day off.
Saturday is not quite over yet but it's been another stunner. It started off with a decent frost this morning and I was on shop duty for a change. A brief saunter outside to check the ridges paid off with 3 Golden Eagle up in the air together, a WT Eagle in the same air space and it just happened to coincide with the arrival of some of the guests from yesterdays tour. They were certainly pleased to get some extra views of the eagles.