Wednesday was a showery day and I was busy with other things so not a great deal to report apart from a cracking male Crossbill singing from the top of the conifers at the shop.
Thursday I was back on the road again with the weather not looking too grand to start with but it does look atmospheric.
I picked up the first of the guests and as we drove along to pick up the other guests I got a quick glimpse of a juv WT Eagle sitting on the rocks beside the loch. We couldn't stop as there was traffic so that was a bit of a miss! With the other guests on board we headed off to look for Mountain Hare. We picked up some smart looking Wheatears and Linnets before we heard a Corncrake calling from the long vegetation. A few Raven and a cracking view of a Buzzard were well worth seeing as were the five Dunlin in the stream before we picked up a Mountain Hare. Our next stop got us our first Golden Eagle of the day as one was sitting on top of a hill. Not bad views through the scope but I was sure we would get another before the day was out. As we negotiated the ferry traffic that was coming the other way we were flagged down by one of the Bowmans buses - 'We've just been looking at a Sea Eagle sitting on the rocks'. Two hours after I'd spotted the bird it was still in the same place! We had a quick look for Otters before we raced off to see if we could get a look. I told everyone to keep their eyes open over the loch as the bird would most likely leave before we got there. I hauled in to check the right area and couldn't see anything so moving down the road might help. Just as I pulled out the cry went up 'IS THAT IT?' A quick reverse and we watched the monster bird being mobbed by a Great Black-backed Gull as it flew towards us...
...and then he was on his way - top quality!!