Sunday, 3 July 2022

Mull, July, Day 2

A wet start to the day today, yet again, and it was to stay pretty gloomy and cold (13C) all day, with occasional rain flurries sweeping through.  We began by driving to Loch Na Keal and then round to Killiechronan to see if the sea eagles that we had seen in 2015 were still in residence.  The sight of a couple of cars and 'scopes and cameras out suggested that our luck was in.  Although the nest cannot be seen from here, both adults were perched in adjacent pine trees.  Although very distant, the 'scope, at 60x magnification, gave excellent views.  There was very little action from them, however, until the female flew off over the loch, presumably to go fishing. It is clear why they are known as the flying barn door; she was huge as she majestically glided over the loch.
Having had our fill we drove round to the opposite side of the loch to look for otters and have lunch.  Drawing a blank with otters today, we continued to the golden eagle site where we had good views of the chick in the large untidy nest.  We pottered slowly back towards Salen keeping our eyes open for otters on the way and calling to photograph the old boats at Salen.  We are now ensconsed back in our room with a cup of tea, looking out over the harbour.  Another great day of wildlife.
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Red-Breasted Merganser
Red-Breasted Merganser
Boats, Salen
Boats, Salen
Boats, Salen
Boats, Salen
Sundew
Sundew
Butterwort leaves
Sea Eagle - photographed in 2015
Sea Eagle - photographed in 2015

Golden Eagle.  Captive bird photographed in the Cairngorms in 2008.
Golden Eagle.  Captive bird photographed in the Cairngorms in 2008.
Golden Eagle.  Captive bird photographed in the Cairngorms in 2008.

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