A much clearer morning than the previous day's - and a lot calmer. We headed out early as the forecast showed rain due for the afternoon.
There were Great Northern Divers close to the shore of Loch na Keal again and the possible eagle 'blob' of one of the White-tailed Eagles sitting in the conifers, but too far away to tell for sure.
First big wildlife spot of the day - a White-tailed Eagle. The hoodies alerted me to its presence, mobbing as it sat atop a tall tree. Eventually the hoodies became too much and the eagle took flight, moving to the trees further along for a short while before taking flight and disappearing behind the conifer plantation. Looking back at the photos I could see white wing tags and it turns out this particular eagle is White M, a female born in 2007. You can see the video I took of 'White M' on YouTube here.
|Female White-tailed Eagle 'White M' getting harassed by a Hoodie|
|The Calmac ferry, Lismore Lighthouse and Duart Castle|
|Corbie deer watching, or is it the deer Labrador watching?|
|Male Hen Harrier|
When we returned to base we had a walk along the Gribun road to Tragedy Rock - you can read the sad tale about that on this website.
|Old mile marker sign at Gribun|
|Greylags, often seen in the field in front of the cottage|
|A cottage just down the road, in need of some TLC|
|Peering inside the cottage was like stepping back in time|
|Where we stayed - with the island of Staffa in the distance|
|Otter, Loch na Keal|
|The cutest of the photos, rubbing it's tum!|
A short drive along the loch after watching the first Otter, and I saw another swimming about. Not bad seeing two within minutes of each other, and it was definitely a different animal to the first.
A good wildlife watching day. It finally stopped raining just as the sun was disappearing to give us a glimmer of a sunset! One day left to go.
You can read my other Mull Diary Blogs here:
- Day One: The Journey
- Day Two: Time to Explore
- Day Three: Sunshine, Sand and an Eagle
- Day Four: Eagles Galore
- Day Five: A Hebridean Storm
- Day Six: Wildlife, Wildlife Everywhere
- Day Seven: Golden and White
- Eagle Watching on Mull
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Photos copyright Karen Hartnell and Graeme Low