|Explosive period of aurora borealis at midnight!! Venus setting to the west providing a stunning reflection over Hebridean waters|
A memorable evening/night was had on the 16th April which started with two short-eared owls and two female hen harriers on the open moors with lesser redpolls and willow warbler providing the soundscapes. We moved onto Loch Torr where we had 4 goldeneye with 2 displaying drakes and also 2-3 otters on the far side of the loch. As the light dropped we got a roding woodcock and saw a tawny owl leave its roost site.
|Auroral arc with Venus and Pleiades in conjunction!|
We moved onto Ardmore in low light to listen for long-eared owls and had success within 15 minutes with a female bird calling from the young plantation! Just to add to the spectacle we had a stunning auroral arc on the north horizon while listening to the owl! The sight of venus in conjunction with the young star cluster Pleiades was also immense! We headed straight up to a prime vantage point and observed the auroral display intensify to spectacular levels to produce my most memorable display to date! What an evening, although I worry what I might have missed if I had sat inside a pub instead and had a conversation about politics and the general election...nothing beats nature!!
|Basking shark alongside Sula Beag - photo courtesy of Sam Jones|
|Great to be back guiding on board Sula Beag, best memories of my life are on the fine vessel|
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