Monday was a pleasant weather day and a cracking day out. We started the day with some usual suspects - RB Merg, Greylag Goose, Stonechat, Curlew etc before we got our first WT Eagle of the day. Good views of GN Diver were followed up with a Golden Eagle sitting on a distant peak. A WT Eagle in flight was a nice one to get and six Crossbill flew overhead. I hadn't even looked at the camera as everything was too far away or too quick! We caught up with three Otters that gave good views through the scope before disappearing. A Raven calling in alarm put us onto four Golden Eagles soaring above us. You could see that two of the birds were adults and two were younger birds sporting white spots on the underwing.
Tuesday was about 10 degrees cooler and there was snow on the high ground. It was a bit chilly in the wind but we put the effort into finding what was out there. A single Mountain Hare was tough to see as it kept low beside a rock that was similar in colour. We picked up the Barnacle Geese which will be on their way before too long. Good views of a WT Eagle with a few Buzzards chasing it was pretty cool. Brief views of three Snow Buntings in flight would have been superb if they had hung around. Another eagle fest after that as we picked up three WT Eagles drifting through Golden Eagle territory and, obviously, the Golden Eagles appeared to display over their land. We had a female Hen Harrier displaying to a male bird that flew along underneath her - brilliant. Once again the camera had been idle and I nearly missed out on this GN Diver as we watched it fishing along the shore!