Mist clung to the hills behind the house this morning. A female Chaffinch perched on the garden fence.
We were just about to depart the house on a walk, opening the gate for the car, I looked up over the Sound and caught sight of a couple of passing Gulls - with something much bigger. I grabbed the binoculars from the car and confirmed what I thought - a White-tailed Eagle! It soared along cliffs and disappeared from view. I didn't see it flap its wings once, just glided on the breeze.
|A passing White-tailed Eagle|
|Old mining works on shore|
|Looking along the Skye coast south|
|Herring Gulls bathing|
|Quiraing in the clouds|
|Seals and Gulls|
|A couple of Common (Harbour) Seals pop up|
We were blessed with a clear night, so we sat outside looking at the stars. I could see the Andromeda Galaxy but I couldn't work out why the sky wasn't as dark as the previous night. The photos revealed an Aurora in progress! It gradually intensified and we could clearly see beams of light pointing up into the night sky. Although to the naked eye there was no colour in the light, the camera showed green, white and a bit of red. It was amazing to watch. Here's a stunning photo taken by Graeme:
|The Aurora Borealis lights up Skye's northern sky|
Part 3 to follow.
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