Thursday, 31 March 2016

A Natural Treasure...

Another 'Sea Heart update' because I am so pleased to have found this natural treasure after it had such an amazing journey...

The elusive “Molucca Bean”, a drift seed which falls from vines in the West Indies and is carried by the Gulf Stream to our shores. The journey takes them at least 15 months!

They are regarded as being very lucky if you find one so I am going to take it with my on every wildlife tour this year! 


Saturday, 26 March 2016

Who was the hunter and who was the hunted?

Who was the hunter and who was the hunted?...

We discovered this recent predation on the coast of Mull this week. After assessing the plumage remains we found the prey item to be an adult Herring Gull, but who was the predator...

Well it seems he/she kindly left a clue in the form of a moulted feather (pictured), and what I think is a secondary covert. The feather belonged to a majestic White-tailed Eagle!


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

EASTER STARGAZING EVENT

EASTER STARGAZING EVENT

Join us at Duart Castle for an evening under the stars to admire and learn about some of the wonders of the night sky, here on the Isle of Mull. 

Soup & roll / hot drinks are provided by Duart Castle's newly upgraded tearoom.

For any enquiries or to book your place, contact Ewan - 

info@sharenature.co.uk

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Sea Heart Success!

One of my best discoveries this winter was finding a Sea Bean called a 'Sea Heart' washed and up on the Ross of Mull.

They are large, heart-shaped seeds that drop from their tropical vines in Costa Rica and ride the ocean currents of the world.

Sea Heart vines are locally known as 'monkey ladder', because they actually provide arboreal thoroughfares for monkeys high in the rain forest canopy.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Fossil Burn...

There are no prizes for guessing where the name 'Fossil Burn' on the Morvern peninsula originated from...

It is covered in fossil oysters, or Gryphaea, that lived on the shoreline of a tropical sea here 200 million years ago.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

What a stunning animal...

What a sensational animal...

This is a female Pine Marten that I had the privilege of watching and photographing on the Morvern peninsula at the weekend.

They are a real 'drawcard' species and have an economical value through tourism. I remember as a teenager travelling hundreds of miles with my dad just for the chance to see these magical mustelids. My first encounter with them helped increase my love of the natural world, so I have a lot to thank them for!


Thursday, 10 March 2016

A Big Surge...

A Buzzard perched on the north shore of Mull, with a big tidal surge crashing into the coastline. 

The sound of Buzzards 'mewing' at this time of the year is always memorable, with birds sorting out territories and preparing for the breeding season ahead. 

Barrel Jellyfish...

Rhizostoma pulmo, commonly known as the barrel jellyfish, washed up on Mull earlier this month. 



They are a large jellyfish boasting domes "the size of dustbin lids" growing to 90cm wide!

One of the biggest predators of the barrel jellyfish is the Leatherback Turtle, which are occasionally recorded in UK waters.