Have to start with this utterly disgusting headline regarding a Golden Eagle that caught in an illegal trap braking both its legs causing a long painful death...Nothing more than worthless countryside criminals. Think of all the incidents that we miss.
The Badger e-petition has steamed past 100,000 which means the house of Commons have to consider it as there is so much public outcry. It doesn't mean any work is done yet and the more votes the better to really make them react. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38257
RSPB Scotland have been praised for their work and management on Orkney regarding reduced grazing pressure to benefit Hen Harriers. One hundred breeding females on Orkney last season is a fantastic figure and it is nice to read some positive news on the struggling iconic raptor.
Have you read these comments by this guy?! He reeled in a top predator out of its environment that it had mastered in the last 400 million years and the Shark nibbled on his steel toe cap boot and he called it a bad bad fish and turned it into a life threatening experience. He somehow made it into an article which was published all around the country .I read the exact same thing written in shit on a toilet wall...dear me
It has been a quiet fortnight in general with strong winds and wet spells restricting our trips and my general fieldwork. I took a five day long skippers theory course last week with Hebridean Sea School as well so most of the focus was passing that. The SLS team had a great day last Tuesday getting Common Dolphins and 3 whales so that was great. One amazing encounter was on a seven hour trip and we were watching a WTE juvenile in flight as it made its way into a Golden Eagle territory and out of nowhere a Goldie appeared stooping in striking the bird and talon grappling for half a second before the WTE did one back to where it came from. A strong lesson for the young bird and territory dominance. The video is at the bottom of this post, captured by Andy. A few nice sunrises and sunsets captured last weekend as well as the weather started to turn better (photos below). That is about all I have got for you I am afraid so here is a few pictures from recent events and encounters...
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Rainbow the morning after Murrays victory in the US open, very fitting, we also seen an Otter in the harbour just afterwards which we quickly named after the tennis star.
|Horse Chestnut foliage turning over Aros fishing loch...|
|Manx Shearwater in flight off Macleans nose, Ben Haint|
|reached over the top of the wheelhouse and took a photo of popz on the helm, photography is about capturing something a bit different...well here it is|
|Doing my Geology talk on the way in, secret weapon if we haven't seen any whales!...along with the midgee talk!|
|Me and Andy Tait on the monkey deck down loch Sunart, It looks like Andy has eaten too many mince pies! there is a deal on in Co-op and Andy has bought about 50 boxes for on board Sula Beag and turned them into christmas cruises!|
|Lunchtime with Andy on the pontoon at Carna foraging for Mussels....|
|Taking the group ashore on Carna, a remote island on Loch Sunart, Pippits and a few Seals seen...|
|Great Skua in flight over Ben Hiant|
|Slam champion! if you read my blog i am sure u know I am a keen supporter of Murray, very happy after US open success... in fact... delighted! :-)|
|Tobermory harbour at dawn...|
|Another angle looking north east...|
|Yachts on the mooring with the sun breaking through...|
|A beautiful day on Mull|
|Crisp morning light!|
|My work place for my 5 day skipper theory course...|
|Silage bales rounded up at Killiechronan...|
|creel boat on Loch na Keal doing an evening shift...|
|Sunset with Gribun cliffs on the left...|
Thanks for looking, good action to come in the next post with the last whalewatch trips of the season and also I am making my debut as an inland wildlife guide on the island...Cant wait!