Tuesday, 17 November 2015

An Afternoon with Nature...

A nice spell of weather on Saturday 7th November so Rachel, Stuart and I headed out round the north side of Mull to check on a Raven roost which has displayed some fascinating behaviour this autumn. 

At the head of loch Cuin on low water we had 4 Greenshanks and 4 Snipe along with a solitary Redshank.

We made our way south on the upland pass to Torloisk and Stuart spotted something stationary on the skyline and as we got the optics onto it, it was an adult Golden Eagle showing very well! We pulled over and scoped the bird, enjoying beautiful views, lit up in the Hebridean sunshine. It took to the wing and came even closer before travelling NW with urgency.  

Raven on Mulls coastline...

Round by Ulva we did not know where to look as the first encounter was a White-tailed Eagle on a distant skerry, surrounded by Harbour Seals. Shortly afterwards we had four Otters at Laggan bay along with a Black-throated diver and Great-northern Divers. Inland there were Ravens and Buzzards with Golden Eagles owning the distant skylines. 

Another sight of interest was Red-breasted Mergansers performing courtship behavior in their classic elegant manner, very beautiful.

We saw some Ravens performing intersting interactions but the birds dispersed elsewhere as the light dropped...we will be back! 

We worked our way round to Loch Na Keal where we had a flock of Fieldfare , Kestrels, Grey Seals and the wonderful sight of a 37 bird Great-northern Diver roost at dusk! 

Thanks for looking.   

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