Sunday, 22 May 2011

Isle of Mull

Have just returned from a visit to the Isle of Mull. We have been there before twice and know that you cant expect a week of fine weather. Nothing changes and the first Sunday and Monday were complete washouts literally, but started to improve from the Tuesday morning.
Tuesday was our first encounter with White-Tailed Eagle as it flew across the road ahead of us at the head of Loch Na Keal.

We parked up to see two of them being harassed by gulls before making their way to a favourite perch

It was later in the week that we watched one of these birds returning from down the loch with a fish

We had many separate sightings of this huge creature with another near Lochdon as it crossed ahead of us and another sitting quietly on its nest in a different location.

We also had great views of a Golden Eagle as it came over the top of a hill and then proceeded to traverse  back and forward across the face of a cliff in front of us before soaring up, up and away.

On a trip from Dervaig to Torloisk we felt very fortunate to be able to watch a Short-Eared Owl hunting

Some of the birds mentioned above are the symbol of Mull but I am always surprised at the numbers of Common Sandpiper, Wheatear and Snipe which are to be seen all over this island. This Snipe caught our attention when driving to Tobermory one afternoon only for it to be in the same area as we drove back down the same road the next morning

Conditions were not conducive to loch watching but we did see Great Northern Divers in quite a few locations. A very enjoyable week.
Spotted this Harrier directly above but was unable to decide Hen or Marsh?


Birding about Northumberland said...

I hope then weather holds as I;m off to Mull next week, satying at Oban but hopping on ferry. Hope to see some eagles, you have some fab pictures

Citybirding said...

Best of luck on Mull. If you have not been before I recommend you pick up copy of 'Birdwatching on Mull and Iona' when you get to Craignure visitor info centre.

Johnnykinson said...

A cracking trip , by all accounts. Well, eventually, after the rain cleared.
Love the Snipe image.

Killy Birder said...

Great photo of the Snipe.

Brought back some good memories. I spent a week at Dervaig a couple of years ago and had a fantastic week. Cheers.

Crammy Birder said...

The Harrier is Hen, a nice silvery male one.

Citybirding said...

A really good trip John with the rain easing to heavy hail and snow topped hills.
Dervaig is a cracking little spot Killy and thanks Crammy, I was hoping it was a Hen Harrier.

kirstallcreatures said...

Lovely set of pics Dad, Linda