Saturday, 16 June 2012

White-beaked Dolphin encounters...

The main highlight in the last week or so was a couple of encounters with the scarce Dolphin species White-beaked. We came across a pair out near Coll and a few days later we found up to eight of the beautifully marked cetaceans. In 30 years of researching these waters, it was the first time that Popz ( the founder of SLS and Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust) had seen the species. They get reported more frequently further north in the outer isles and also off the east coast. 
We have been seeing two regular whales the last few weeks that have been newly named Ron and Don. Ron is named because of his Really Obvious Nic in his dorsal fin. Don is named simply because it rhymes with Ron and he has a wider ridge in his dorsal fin. Don or Donald as he prefers is my fave and I think he could rival the 10 year strong local visitor Knobble in the future. Speaking of Knobble we have seen a very small juvenile in Knobbles patch and could it be a calf of Knobble??......Knobblet!
My Haweswater article has been published on Raptor politics so click the link if you have not read it all ready.
I am also now an author for Focusing on Wildlife after completing my sixth article for the web site. Great to join the team along with the likes of Mark Avery and Cain Scrimgeour. 
Speaking of HB (Hollywell Birder) he has just arrived back from RSPBs Troup Head filming Gannets for the organisation. Look at his superb captures here
An interesting article on the plans to plant more trees in urban areas to benefit a number of things like peoples health and welfare, Carbon and water capture, more attractive towns and cities and also biodiversity. Link
A fascinating report on research done to discover Golden and WT Eagles range in Great Britain dating back to 500AD. Look at the map! both species breeding in the Geltsdale area! When Eagles Dared.

Click on photos for a larger scale...

Golden Eagle chick I have been following this season, Named it J-Milo after the great man, happy fathers day Dad!
Basking Shark hugging Coll's coastline...
White-Beaked Dolphins North of Mull, a pod of eight...
Bow riding from WBD
Very pale saddle of WBD
White-beaks with Isle of Rum in the back drop...
Puffins off our Bow...
Manxies skating over the pond mill sea state!
Eagle interest...great to see!
Looking south east above Scalastle forest
Balmeanach Farm...
South LNK stretch...
Minke whale with Rum and Muck behind...
Picking up passengers at our lunch stop...
Grasspoint...

Lochdon in glorious sunshine...
On route to the beach landing for lunch...
Lunch time on the Carins of Coll...
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Another Dolphin encounter captured...

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A rare game of golf on Craignure GC...

Just watching the last episode of Springwatch with Iolo Williams on Mull focusing on White-Tailed Eagles and the great news is announced that there is 14 WTE territories on Mull this season compared to 11 last year. Also there is now 60 breeding pairs in the country including a breeding pair consisting of an east coast and west coast bird! And as Iolo brilliantly quoted..."the birds will fill up Scotland and continue spreading south"...Might see them back on Gdale after all! Thanks for looking 8-)

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