Thursday, 20 September 2012

Taking your chances.

The spring tides are quite impressive at the moment. They can make it difficult to find Otters but you have to take your chances. We set off in search of Otters and bagged two within a quarter of a mile of each other. When the views are this good you don't worry about seeing another!
There were heavy showers pushing through all day and most of the group got a soaking while watching the second Otter. There were plenty of Red Deer to see but there was no eagle action at all! We had a brief view of a Hen Harrier as it made off in the opposite direction to us but luckily it took pity on us and, five minutes later, gave us a superb view.
Another fruitless search for Golden Eagle gave us another two Hen Harrier and more Red Deer. A WT Eagle was found sitting on a rocky outcrop and a Golden Eagle was flying around the whole time we were having lunch. The Tawny Owl was on show so there was plenty of photos taken of that one. The afternoon was spent dodging showers but we did have one big surprise. As we drove down the road in heavy rain an animal was spotted running towards us - cracking views of an Otter were had as it stopped to look at us before disappearing into roadside vegetation. A male Hen Harrier was seen while looking for Mountain Hare and a female Hen harrier was seen as we headed back to the motor. We sat out another shower before getting superb views of Mountain Hare.
A White-fronted Goose was a good find on the day...
...and we finished in style with a WT Eagle flying over us!

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