April continues to produce glorious sunshine and calm winds creating safe nesting opportunities for all the islands birds. Last May a savage three week spell ended the breeding hopes of a certain percentage of nesting birds in the area. All Skye's Harriers failed and Mulls were effected, further south in England Cumbrias only Harrier pair failed and the pairs at Bowland struggled. So this early season weather is vital to give our under pressure raptors the best possible opportunity.
If you don't live anywhere near Bowland and would like to Follow Eagle Owls through the breeding season then click on the link to watch live streaming of a nest site in the Netherlands. Since our pair were taken away from us at Geltsdale I have started viewing this web cam. Its like having a wife similar to Megan Fox and then she leaves you for someone else so you resort to constantly watching Redtube on the internet...no way near as good but will have to do. Link.
A disturbing Headline on RP regarding a Golden Eagle been poisoned Link. Also a positive headline regarding new Peregrine Falcon behaviour and another reason why they are superstars in urban areas Link.
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|An amazing Hen Harrier encounter on the road down to salen...|
|my favorite species on the planet|
|Eagles get all the glory but sweet baby jesus these birds are special...|
An amazing calm evening atmosphere down in LNK. I got my first Sand Martins of the year by the camp site. We had a walk on the higher ground above Killiechronan admiring the superb panoramic views. On the way back we got Fallow Deer and a single Mountain Hare.
|Grey Heron in Salen...|
|Higher ground on Killiechronan|
|Faint Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) from Glengorm looking over Ardnamurchan|
|GND, Loch Mingery|
|Kilchoan Ferry with Loch Sunart and western highlands behind|
|Pony Trekking on low tide at the head of Loch Na Keal, Snowy tops on Ben More mountain range|
I headed to the higher ground to cover an area of south facing hillside with Bracken and plenty of rocky basking spots and cover sites. A good few hour shift produced only one Common Lizard and a flushed Snipe. At one point a Golden Eagle appeared right overhead before been mobbed by a territorial Buzzard. Got back to the car and as soon as I was about to get in...'Cuckoo'...fantastic great to hear again! In the car on the way back driving through Salen I got two Swallows and the first of the year!
|Goldie getting mobbed by a territorial Buzzard|
|Puffin taking flight|
|Bloody Bay, Kilchoan and Isle of Rum behind|
|Basalt lava rock formation with Bloody Bay behind|
|Calmac ferry with Kilchoan and Rum behind|
|Fishing vessels tied up at Tobermory|
|What is it?? its Nick Davis emerging from the rough grass with a wheel trim!|
|Pony trekking with Gribun cliffs in the back drop|
|looking south west down Loch Ba|
|North Face Tent!!! forget the Gilets this is the real deal!|
|A wise old Owl thinking outside the box!|
A rain shower came in producing a nice rainbow. A single Ringed Plover was on the beach as we waited to watch the sunset. The rain picked up and we sheltered in a near by cave before carrying on. Our friends from last year Peter and Beverly weren't in the house that we met them in last year so we carried on back to the car. One sighting on the way back was...you guessed it a Short Eared Owl. We sat on the fore shore at Croig to look for Otters but no joy, only thing that happened was Ruth slipped on her bum.
|Beach at Croig, Ringed Plover nesting there|
|Sunset over Coll...|