Thursday, 30 October 2014

Left out in the rain

You don't get these dying storms without some precipitation to deal with so it was showers all the way but it doesn't stop the wildlife. On my way to pick up the guests for the day I followed this WT Eagle down the road and captured the moment where some Mallards decided to escort it for a while!
It never looked like a day for photos but we had plenty of sightings to keep us going. Barnacle Geese, Snipe and Sparrowhawk were the highlights at the start of the day. Turnstone, Ringed Plover and Reed Bunting were seen just before we picked up our first Otter - this one headed out into the roughest part of the loch to go fishing. We struck lucky with the second Otter as we spotted him just as he was heading into the water and then we watched him fishing.
We picked up a pair of WT Eagle sitting in a tree but this young bird was trying to join the party. The adult male eagle wasn't having any of this and seen the youngster off just as a heavy shower of hail passed through - talk about left out in the rain!
The GN Divers seem to travel too their wintering grounds as a family so you often see both adults together. These adult bird are coming into their winter plumage.
There were  a lot of Gannets still hanging around in the heavy winds.
A clear spell in the afternoon gave us a chance to catch up with Golden Eagle but the wind wasn't slackening off - it's not often you see waterfalls going upwards.
A Hen Harrier was seen jostling with a Hooded Crow and a few Red Deer standing in the open finished the day off nicely.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Hurricane

The day that the remains of the hurricane blew through things could have been difficult but it turned out to be a cracker. We started the day with a few Barnacle Geese, Wigeon, Snipe, a male Hen Harrier and Mountain Hare.
We had to work hard to find things but all the goods were found through the day. A pair of WT Eagle were seen on the skerries, 4 Otters soon after, one BT Diver, a raft of Eider, plenty of Buzzard...
...and six GN Diver.
A single Dipper was seen doing his thing.
A good smattering of waders included Turnstone, Dunlin, Greenshank and plenty of Grey Heron.
Sighting of the day had to be at our last stop where we found two Golden Eagle hunting the ridge and drifting in and out of the clouds - very atmospheric!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Turn

The weather is starting to turn a bit more autumnal now but the leaves are still clinging to the trees.With the dying breath of a hurricane about to hit our shores I don't think the leaves will last much longer. I had a quick trip out to ring the kids and I wasn't alone as this Golden Eagle sat on a rock nearby the whole time!
A 23 strong group of Whooper Swan dropped in for a rest. Nice to see but not a single youngster amongst them.
The Barnacle Geese have arrived too but there are only about 60 birds at the moment.