On Sunday 20th I headed up to Mull to do a five day Coastal Skipper Theory course with Hebridean Sea School. I set off in the early morn and took it slow on the way up as I had plenty of time before the 4pm ferry. A couple of Red Kites at Argaty elegantly circling over the fresh covering of snow. A few Ravens on route and as I arrived at the breath taking Rannoch Moor and stopped to do some photography for a spell.
I was in awe of the snowy landscapes all around me. I stopped at Glencoe further north and scanned the higher terrain for Goldies as I have never seen one in the valley but no joy, I will keep trying.
|Rannoch Moor looking west...|
|Winter mode on the moor...|
After completing the course and poor weather stopping me travelling back on Friday evening I spent an extra day on the isle and the weather was nice on Sat as well as I did a circuit of the north part of the isle stopping at a few Favored sites. The highlights were seeing Goldie and Buzzards carrying probable nesting material in their talons. The head of Loch Na Keal had 4 Slav Grebes, 12 Goldeneye, 25 plus Mergansers, Plenty of Shags and one Cormorant. Checked the gulls for white wingers but no sign that day. As heading for the ferry I had a Ringtail fly right over my car.
On the ferry crossing I had two Guillemots in the sound as I watched the Lifeboat heading south at speed. Another Goldie while driving on the very productive morvern stretch.
|Glencoe village with moored boat...|
|Snowy peaks reflecting off the still loch, Glencoe village in view...|
|The classic view going through Glencoe on the A82...|
|Back at Gdale and snow beginning to arrive...|
|Photo courtesy of Tommy Milo...snowy Gdale while I was on Snow-less Mull|
|Snow Drift up at the Greens, Thanks again Tom. He said it was a privilege to be on the blog...|
Finish with a bang...if you missed BBC Africa on Wednesday then watch footage of the sensationally captured marine feeding frenzy here...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCuYH_JUxwk
Thanks for looking 8-)