Winter wildlife tour 16th January
The request was for red deer, and anything else we could find. Setting of on our circular route we headed towards Craignure. First stop looking over the sound of Mull. Great northern divers, wigeon, curlew, and a white tailed eagle overhead. Next stop where we had seen three otters yesterday but not today. We did have a white tailed eagle sitting on the shore though. It eventually flew so we had good views of this barn door overhead. More great northern divers, teal and goosander. As we carried on no deer yet, we did see another white tailed eagle, number three. Lots of herons on the small islands and more great northern divers. A red throated diver showed. I did try to get for a longer spell in the telescope but it kept diving. Finally managed a better look and there were two. an elegant bird. Cuppa, homemade shortbread and a lovely female hen harrier on a post. Red deer yeahhh. when we started looking they were all over the hills. there was a neck and head of a canada goose popping up out of the grasses. We carried on with our day,no complaints so far we have seen loads. heading for the hills, low cloud and lovely light. Our our today included a short walk, we took an old track under the hills. deer on the tops and a brief glimpse of a big bird. sadly not good enough to be confident of what it was. Almost back and a real treat of four bullfinch. driving through the glen, a male hen harrier right in front of us, lovely. Heavy mist in the hills so we headed down towards the loch for lunch. Warmed by the soup and sandwiches we carried on to the shore. An otter fishing around the islands, joined by another, then both disappeared. little grebe, slavonian grebe and hen harrier. The day was going quickly so a steady drive to loch na keal. Iceland gull and another otter on the way back. the rain came down and the light was fading so we headed home,the lovely pink foot goose was still in the field. Nice to see.