Thursday, 13 October 2011

Topping up the tan.

Tuesday was a cracking day with plenty of sunshine - probably the last bit of 'topping up the tan' for this year. On our way to our first stop we were rudely interrupted by the appearance of a Golden Eagle - no complaints there then. Plenty to see as we scanned across the lochs with RB Merg numbers starting to build up, GN Diver in summer plumage, Golden Plover, Greenshank, Dunlin on the shore and a female Hen Harrier at the side of the road. Cracking views of an adult WT Eagle sitting in a tree. With the sun out and a bit of heat we were able to find an Adder coiled in the grass.
Plenty of Buzzard on show through the day and it was nice to be looking down on this one as it flew past us.
There were still quite a few Barnacle Goose heading South today plus a flock of 20 Pink-footed Goose. A stop for a comfort break produced an excellent sighting of a WT Eagle as it sailed over the top of us.
We had at least eight Mountain Hare with one of them allowing a close approach.

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