Sunday, 29 September 2013

Living outside the rat race...

Why focus on endangered species around the planet when some of our very own British predators are under severe threat like Hen Harrier and Wildcat...
http://raptorpolitics.org.uk/2013/09/13/willie-or-wont-he-prince-william-to-take-up-work-with-animal-charities/

A disturbing read and moving video regarding the state of Peregrines in their native upland haunts in England...
http://raptorpolitics.org.uk/2013/09/17/bowland-raptors-the-final-solution/

A very rare Cetacean sighting in Irish waters...
http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/trues-beaked.html

Interesting discovery about Goldies breeding maturity age...
http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/young-eagles.html

The village diaries of Kilchoan here... 
http://kilchoan.blogspot.co.uk/

Rachels latest article on the Kestrel ...
http://focusingonwildlife.com/news/windhover-woes/

Another update mainly focusing on marine excursions with Sea Life Surveys as we have had a few great late season trips taking place. On the 14th of September we had a Whalewatch Explorer in lovely sunshine as we headed out towards Coll. The highlight was 2-3 Minke whales surrounding Sula Beag drifting with the engines off. One whale was identified as Wrinkle who has been seen at least 5 times this season. 
There has been some good movement of GN Divers heading south on the second week of September and a pair settled in Ardmore bay. I got onto a skein of 300 plus Pink footed Geese heading south over Coll as well. 


Gannet over the Carins...

Commons approaching Sula Beag

Our female White-tailed Eagle...we have followed the ups and downs with the pair since they first bred

WTE...

Harbour Seal in moult...

Minke whale surfacing, Ardnamurchan in the back drop...

Minke we know as Wrinkle...seen at least 5 times this season

Suil Ghorm lighthouse with Harbour Seals hauled out in the foreground...

On the 17th there was no trips but we were set a mission to retrieve a detached Basking Shark satellite tag which was recorded washed up on the most inaccessible shoreline on the isle in Ardmeanach peninsula right on the point...also known as 'the wilderness'. The tag will hold valuable data and also be valuable cost wise! Myself, Ruth and Richie headed south at about lunchtime equipped with a gps to pin point the tags location. 
It is a 7 mile walk to the famous fossil tree with the tag been recorded in the next bay round. 

We traveled in Richies pickup to drive further down the track and cut off hiking time to only an hour or so from the point. We tried to get greedy and travel even further down the track but when we parked up a rechid old crofter came stembling out of his house and sent us back east. As he was telling Richie I was putting my boots on and lost another buckle so got richies knife and tried to pierce a hole through the leather and followed through slicing my finger with a deep cut. Luckily Richie had a first aid kit at hand and I wrapped it up well as we set off on the stunning coastal stretch. 


On route to the fossil tree...

A convocation of Goldies overhead!

We had a break about half way through just before the walk drops down to shore level and three Golden Eagles appeared right overhead! A pair of Ravens were working the cliff face while a few Rock Pipits were calling down at water level. We hit the site on high water and had to take shoes/socks off and wade a few parts before making it to the fossil tree and being less than half a mile off the bay we discovered that it just was not accessible by land on any state of tide so gave up and headed back. A great walk and challenge in one of the most beautiful places on the isle.
The plan now is to head round to Ardmeanach using a RIB on Wednesday 25th in the morn to see if we can retrieve the tag...watch this space.


Ruth next to the fossilized tree...

Common Dolphin adult and calf surfacing seen on the 20th Sept...

A couple of days later we had a four hour wildlife adventure trip and bumping into a group of 25 Common Dolphins was a nice surprise. A healthy number of calves and juveniles included which was a good sign. Other sightings included Porpoise, WT Eagle, Golden Eagle, Arctic Skua and good feeding Gannets..another great autumnal excursion! 

Ewan

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