Monday, 16 September 2013
Isle Of Mull Cont:
Wednesday was for me the most productive day so far, subject wise, while Steve and Pete were out searching for Hen Harriers and Eagles (Almost at first light), and playing "Rubber Duck" Rubber Duck", with their Walki Talki's, (the main reason I think they always went out in separate vehicles, although they said it enabled them to cover more ground) Allen and I were watching for Otters outside the cottage, when a very obliging Buzzard dropped in, when Steve came back we went a quick drive to see if we could find any Red Deer in a spot that Allen had seen them in before, always keeping an eye on the shore line in case of any Otter activity, finding this one just on the edge of the loch, we were able to use the car as a hide and he took no notice of us at all, just kept right on crunching away. further down the road and we found these two young Deer Stags and the female Stonechat on the road side wire fence, all this and it was barely 10 am in the morning and we had barely travelled a mile if that!! It was then back to the Cottage to meet up with Pete and Allen and off we went for another visit to Loch No Keal to watch for the White Tailed Eagles, we spent a good few hours watching two Adults and a Juvenile, who was practicing his flying skills but most of the time he seemed not to know quite what to do with his under carriage and looked very comical flying round with his great legs dangling down underneath him, (his thigh's would have rivalled any Christmas Turkey for size), goes without saying that we were grabbing scenery shots galore as we went. If any one visits the Island and you find you have forgotten your maps, don't panic there is a great free give away map that is found in the Local Shop and Information Centre in Craignure and also the Craignure Inn has them by the door as you leave in a rack, (Which by the way you must sample their bar meals, fantastic) and the beer wasn't bad either!! It's the left hand side door you need as you look at the picture, not the main Restaurant.