Sunday, 19 June 2016

May 2016...

Mammal magic on our Ardnamurchan Tour today with Bottlenose Dolphins and a Pine Marten!

This morning we watched up to 10 Bottlenose Dolphins showing very close into the coast on the south side of the Peninsula!

Another highlight was a diurnal hunting Pine Marten in the afternoon flushing Meadow Pipits from the rushes!

Thrift is in flower now around the Hebrides providing a wonderful 'haze of pink' in coastal areas as well as inland on higher altitudes.

I am currently up in North Uist and have experienced a huge veriety of wildlife species so far, which has included this very rare Black-billed Cuckoo!

This species breeds in North America and is secretive in nature, being heard far more often than seen. During the breeding season, this forest dwelling caterpillar-eater often calls throughout the night.

It is a privilege to observe such biodiversity and completed ecosystems in the Hebrides. Some of the wildlife species I have seen in the last few days include...

White-tailed Eagles, Golden Eagles, Short-eared Owl (pictured), Hen Harriers, Peregrine, Corncrakes, Arctic Skuas, Great Skuas, Common Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise, Little Tern, Sandwich Tern, Arctic Terns, Dunlin, Sanderling, Ringed Plovers, Black-tailed Godwits, Redshanks, Whimbrels, Curlews, Oystercatchers, GN Divers, RT Divers, Manx Shearwaters, Gannets, Auks, Corn Buntings, Twite and many more!

My brother and sister in law enjoying the Hebridean sunset...

If you are impressed by watching birds in flight then you should stop and watch a Dragonfly on the wing...amazing...

Whos eyes??!!

Living Jewellery...

I had a great macro photography session on Mull yesterday with the main focus being, dragonflies and damselflies.

I managed to capture this image of a male Large Red Damselfly resting on Bog Myrtle. What a beautiful animal!

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