Friday 17th June (ladies day)

Due to cancellations the tour was to be us three ladies. And what a great day it was. With the sun shining we started with fantastic views of golden eagles, we could see the chick in the nest and the adults busying themselves having a spring clean. We were also watching for the white tailed eagle at the other side of the loch. We did see two in the trees at a distance. Not wanting to leave the golden eagles we had a cuppa and continued to watch for some time. What a treat, its so lovely to see these majestic birds going about their business. this isn’t TV this is here and now. 5 minutes and our next stop gave us an otter fishing and a flying white tailed eagle which came over to our side of the loch. Common seals loungingaround on the islands, they are pupping at the moment. Looking back up the road a herd of cows were ambling towards us At this point we thought we had better move before the cows arrived and blocked our exit and the day was going very quickly. we headed to loch scridain for lunch passing lapwing, greylag geese with goslings, meadow pipits,curlew to name a few. Our lunch stop gave us another otter fast asleep on seaweed, it was very soon disturbed by the sea which was great for us as it spent some time fishing and eating just off shore. Another golden eagle chick in its nest and red deer on the hills. then our walk. This took us under the mountains, butterflies and dragonflies all around. lots of those small birds in trees calling but hard to see. just heading back to the bus and one of my guests spotted a male hen harrier just in front of us. such a beautiful bird. In fact our super spotter saw another later while we had coffee. In all we saw four male hen harriers and one female. Thank you ladies. Jacqui P1080114