A very wet and windy start to the day, with a new dusting of snow gracing the top of the higher hills. The forecast showed it would get worse as the day progressed, so we decided on a nearby walk along Glen Forsa.
Battered by the wind and torrential rain - we only went out so Mr Labrador could have his walk - I just about managed to spot Curlew, a couple of Greylag Geese, two Buzzards and plenty of soggy Highland cattle.
|A wet and windy Glen Forsa|
Lunchtime, and I was sat on the sofa looking out of the window when I spotted what looked like a White-tailed Eagle flying down into the forest. A few minutes later, I saw a definite White-tailed Eagle head up into the sky, flying further and further across towards the mainland until it was out of sight.
The wind became wilder as the day went on, and I got a bit of a shock when the garden furniture flew across the garden and impaled itself on the fence!
|Water blowing across the water!|
Calm returned to Mull. I had a 7am sighting of one of the local White-tailed Eagles soaring above the forest.
A short walk down to the Falls, near Tobermory, which looked spectacular after the previous day's rain.
Tobermory Lighthouse walk
A pleasant walk to the lighthouse via Tobermory. The sun appeared, creating a rainbow over the colourful buildings, and the reflections of the primary colours rippled in the water of the harbour.
We crunched our way over a scallop shell-lined pathway to the golf course, and I spotted a Buzzard teeing up on the 10th. This was after I slipped heading down a boggy section of grass, just avoiding a soggy bottom, but my hands and arms didn't escape a soaking! My fall didn't deter the Song Thrushes, who were busy feeding on the fairways.
|The Buzzard planning his next shot on Tobermory Golf Course|
|Tobermory Lighthouse, with the CalMac ferry in the |
distance and a passing fishing boat
Driving to our next walk, I spotted a male Hen Harrier hunting above the heather, near the road, giving great views.
|Male Hen Harrier|
Our next stop was something of a pilgrimage for me as far as my White-tailed Eagle watching goes. It all started 10 years ago, watching a pair called Skye and Frisa on BBC's Springwatch programme - and Loch Frisa was where the action happened.
We started our walk, accompanied by mewing Buzzards who were making the most of the dry weather. We settled on a bench, and waited, keeping my eyes peeled for any dark blobs in the sky. It wasn't long before I spotted my first dark blob. A White-tailed Eagle, with sub-adult markings. It soared along the hillside and out of view.
Another dark blob spotted heading in our direction. As it got closer I could see it was an adult White-tailed Eagle. This could only mean one thing, I was finally seeing either Skye or Frisa. A very happy sighting for me. It soared past the ridgeline and out of sight, as I stood watching with a big grin on my face.
|Skye or Frisa?|
|One of the Buzzards|
|The sub-adult White-tailed Eagle|
|Adult White-tailed Eagle passes overhead - watching us as he flies by!|
After that overhead pass, the adult bird soared off, but what a treat! I got back into the car and finished my soup, ready for the next walk of the day.
Cnoc na Sroine Walk, near Salen
Next stop was a walk to Glenaros Farm and then onto the open moor. There are great views across the Sound of Mull and at the walk's summit, you can also see views across to Loch Frisa and Loch na Keal. It was extremely boggy on the return, but at least the sun was shining!
|The much-photographed old boats by Salen Bay|
|View to Ben More|
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