Wednesday I had a few jobs to do but in the afternoon I was outside, chewing the fat, and a female Hen Harrier flew over head. The camera was in the shop as I'd been doing the last blog entry so I couldn't get a photo but you can't be at the ready all the time....as soon as the Harrier disappeared a Peregrine appeared heading in the opposite direction!!! I ran into the shop and grabbed the camera as the bird was sailing away. The first shot was seriously blurred and this one isn't much better but it was half way across the loch by this time.
Another mystery moth - I'll probably end up with a proper ID book for Xmas or even birthday. Any ideas on the moth and also any clues as to which book to buy would be gratefully accepted.
We'd had a fair bit of rain overnight and as the cloud started to break and the sun came out there were wisps of steam coming out of the forestry - stunning.
As we approached the area where we'd seen the Otter we could see a real poor situation. One person was steadfastly pursuing the Otter along the shore while another two people were trying to get in front of it. The Otter was really motoring and not fishing - not good at all. There was nothing we could do without causing more disturbance to the Otter:-( We got cracking views of a Sparrowhawk just after lunch before we picked up a small herd of Red Deer hinds with a couple of youngsters. As we headed to a spot for Golden Eagle we picked up 4 Yellowhammers at the side of the road with plenty of Chaffinch, Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtail in the same area. A flock of 20 Rock Dove were in the next field down.
Stunning views of one of the Golden Eagle sitting on a telegraph pole were had with one of thee other birds flying at some height in the same area. We willed this one to take flight but it wasn't going to happen. We'd turned around and heading back we got a fleeting glimpse of the bird taking off and the camera was out.
A mightily impressive bird at close quarters - you don't care what you see after an encounter like that!
We located the King of the hill at our next stop. A couple of Northern Wheatear were pursuing their prey and this bird kept coming back to this obvious high point to scan for the next victim:-)
We had Mountain Hare in the bag so we had a refreshing cuppa while scrutinising the Skylark and Linnets through the scope. Both of these birds are worth a look when you can see them in such detail. Our journey back had a few highlights too with Gannets visible almost constantly as we drove along the lochside. As we slowed to view a couple of these black and white birds I caught a flash of black and white on the side of the road. We stopped and wandered back along the road to find this....