Thursday 27th April

A cold but lovely day today. We are diverting at the moment with the tours as Knock bridge is closed for repair. As the wind was north Westerly we headed for sheltered bays. White tailed eagles were the request for the day. The pickup was at Craignure giving us a good early start. We headed towards Salen to look at the white tailed eagle on the nest. she was keeping a low profile but we did see her sit up and look out. Another juvenile white tailed eagle was sat on one of the islands. As we looked through the scope we saw an otter pop up like a cork. it kept diving and fishing. The eagle flew from island to island which was really great to see. Common seals on the islands with what looked like a pup. Hard to tell as it was low in the rocks. The cold wind got the better of us so we headed off to shelter. As soon as we stopped we saw a male hen harrier. so we had a cuppa and watched him hunting. Surrounded by the sounds of willow warbler, chiffchaff and cuckoo. Our day continued to be good, Lapwing, snipe, meadow pipits, skylark and great northern divers. Our half way mark and lunch. we were being bullied by chaffinches for crumbs. Hoping for passing dolphins we scanned the sea.More great northern divers, redshank, common sandpiper, red breasted merganser and eider ducks. apparently lunch was good as well. Lots of red deer everywhere today. Maybe they have been driven down from the hills with the snow showers earlier in the week. Heading into the hills to look for golden eagle, our first stop was quiet at first. lovely views of red deer on the hillside. Just as we turned to get in the bus, A white tailed eagle flew over, followed by another, then a golden eagle passed by. We waited for s few minutes and the two white tails came back over. They are just sooo big. Our coffee break was shared with common seals, willow warbler in the willow tree and swallows scooting across the fields. Almost back we pulled in for a quick scan across the fields, two white tailed eagles appeared and started talon grasping. brilliant to see. We watched for some time then another appeared. one flew off then they landed in a tree. Our last stop is usually great for white tailed eagles in a nest. They have been seen leaving the nest site for long periods so its believed they have failed this year. We did see the giant rabbit though!!!  Jacqui