Thursday, 17 August 2017

Westward Bound

Time for somewhere different. We caught the 0930 ferry from Tobermory to Kilchoan. On the way across we saw gannets diving into the sea.

The gannets then sat on the sea while Manx shearwaters were still flying.



 Young kittiwakes were flying
on the sea we saw razorbills
At the pier
 
there is a charging point for electric cars, despite the remoteness of the area.
 
The lighthouse is six miles from the ferry terminal
For a small fee you can climb the 150 plus steps and two ladders up to the top of the lighthouse and get an amazing view. It was raining while we were at the top but the view was still good.







 

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

After the rain.

It was raining for most of the day. Although the rain was not very heavy it was the misty conditions that made the day unpleasant. After tea it stopped raining and I went to the hide at Loch Torr.




Inside the hide there are details about the white tailed eagles on the island.
There is also lots of useful information.
This is the view from the hide.

 If you look hard you might just make out the shape of an eagle on the ridge.
Then the rain started again.

 After the rain stopped I could not see the eagle again.


 The sun started to shine and six sand martins and a house martin flew low over the water hunting insects.
Eight red deer came into view as they moved slowly across the hillside feeding.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Rainbows end!

A day of sunshine and showers. A couple of shots of a young robin and a coal tit at the feeder in the cottage garden.

Duart Castle was our first stop.
Stonechats, meadow pipits, gannets and pied wagtails in between the showers and our first rainbow of the day.
The rainbow slowly formed an arch and the Isle of Mull ferry was sailing under it, but then the rainbow vanished.
We slowly made our way back to Tobermory



 and after a late lunch set off for Torloisk.
We stopped along the way to look at the Treshnish Islands. As we came back through Dervaig we could see golden eagles high in the sky. After tea we went to the Aros Estuary where lots of curlews, oystercatchers and red breasted mergansers were feeding and during the showers more rainbows.


Monday, 14 August 2017

Oh deer its raining!

Day three on Mull and it is raining. I went down to the shops which were full of people hiding from the rain.
After tea the weather improved so time for an outing. First stop Salen Pier, no otters but a few cormorants on the old pier.
Fishnish was our next stop. Not much activity. A couple of birders had just seen two crossbills but sign of any other birds. We stopped at the golf course and looked at the white tailed eagle sat in the top of a tree.
Grasspoint was our next and last stop.
Deer were to be seen in several places.
 A few stags together but some animosity!
This chap seemed to be in charge.
We then continued to the end of the road, or as far as you allowed to go these days. The parking spot is now about half a mile away from the shore.
As we approached the jetty a shape in the water
Has anyone mistaken an otter for the Loch Ness Monster!
This one was fishing
An excellent few hours out.