Wednesday 4th October

With the threat of rain we decided to go and look for white tailed eagles first. On the way we saw common seals, herons and curlew, two swans. Next stop and lots of waders feeding on the shore as the tide receded. ringed plover, turnstone, bar tailed godwit and curlew. Red breasted merganser  and an unusual sight of a carrion crow. Moving on and 2 white tailed eagles sitting on the shore, as we watched an otter running across in front of them. A great start to our day. Next stop and another two white tailed eagles on the islands. A brief view of an otter running over the rocks and one sleeping on the seaweed. We watched as it ran across in front of the eagles. must be a day for it. one of the eagles tried to pinch the otters eel. cheeky. As time was getting on we headed off to see what else we could find. lots of herons, little grebe and a juvenile red throated diver. lunch stop and two more white tailed eagles in the trees. one flew for us , brilliant. Another very close otter as we drove along. It wandered across the road in front of us. onto the shore and fished for some time before moving round the corner. lovely. The rain started and we slowly headed for the hills, . no sign of golden eagles as the weather closed in. Last stop of the day and what a stop. red deer rutting in the field in front of us, the stags at different points roaring. A female hen harrier over the hill chasing a white tailed eagle. we found it in a distant tree.  what a really great day. Jacqui