I am typing up my 100th blog post and I am raising my keyboard to the readers. I have thoroughly enjoyed blogging for the last four years and I see it as a modern way of recording wildlife sightings and encounters from the traditional notebook format. If other people want to read my blog then that is a huge bonus.
I started a wildlife blog back in 2009 along with my friend Gary after we were following the Wild about Mull blog based in the south of the isle and preparing for our own trip to Mull. My blog name was decided at a similar time when my brother Jamie arrived back from Australia and his present to me was signing me up to become a 'Wildlife Warrior' at Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo helping to protect species and wild areas. I thought the name was fitting for my area of Geltsdale with all the intense illegal persecution the reserve has had to put up with from the surrounding 'Mordor' estates.
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|WT Eagle and Raven feeding on some washed up Carrion...|
|Sunrise in Tobermory...|
|Glen More with building remains...|
On the first day we started with a viewpoint at Glengorm to see the island as a whole to understand its habitat and landscapes. A brief view of a Male Harrier was seen before in classic fashion it disappeared over the brow. We moved onto a coastal walk and seen a brief Otter before it disappeared again in a flash! We spent a long time in mid afternoon driving around looking for opportunities but it ended up being hard work with the highlight been two Swallows at Laggan Bay before we took the Torloisk upland road getting nice views of a male Harrier. A Ringtail was seen shortly afterwards and we finished the day with great views of an Otter at Croig.
|Lochdon with hunters moon...|
|Tob sunrise from higher up...|
|Sunrise down the sound...|
|Mackerel sky at Calgary|
|Mackerel sky above Tobermory harbour...|
I was guiding on a 4 hour trip with Sea Life Surveys at half 11 and Guy and Shonna were keen to come on board as well so that was the plan for the afternoon as we headed out of the pontoon to a calm sea state in the sound of Mull. Our first encounter incredibly was a young Minke whale which came right into us. Our last whale was seen a month previous and traditionally they tend to move away at this time of the year. Some healthy groups of Porpoise were seen as well. On the way back in things exploded into life with two close WT Eagle encounters and when back at the pontoon while taking the team photo an otter swam meters away from us! What a trip and made so much more special that it was this late in the season. Brilliant ..as unpredictable as ever the magic of wildlife!
|Popz getting Sula away from the Dolphin!|
|Spoilt for choice!|
|Struth and Sula scanning for Dolphins!|
|Sharky and I on her birthday|
|Ringtail working the rough grass...|
|Otter in Croig...|
|Redshank in Dervaig...|
|Stag rounded up some hinds...|
|What a king!!|
A great five days with Guy and Shonna and some superb sightings with the highlights been a Chough and a young Minke whale! I really enjoyed their company and thanks to them both. I am sure I will see them back home in the autumn.
|GN Diver in Eclipse|
Got a takeout from Goldon dragon Chinese and it was the worst food i have had in my life full stop. Utter crap and am not getting any foreign muck to take out again...They even screwed up the prawn crackers! nearly resorted to the weeks old moldy stuff in my fridge.
|Fieldfare feeding on Rowan berries|
|Red Deer stag and hind blending in to the autumnal colours|
A meal at the Western isles and had good old fashioned Fish and Chips! lovely few days with parents and dogs and said goodbye to them on the morning.
|Male Harrier, Ross of Mull|
|Hunters Moon...used power of light before artificial light to target nocturnal species for survival through the harsh winters|
|Parents and dogs at Croig!|
|Young Minke in the sound! photo by Guy Broome|
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Thanks for looking 8-)