Champions of the Flyway!

Monday, August 14, 2023

Isle of Mull, July '23 - Coll pelagic

After the first date for our booked pelagic - out of Tobermory to Coll and back - was cancelled due to (very) unsuitable conditions, we were happy to see our rescheduled trip falling on the calmest day of our week on Mull.
We had a very fun three hours moseying out into reasonably calm inner Hebridean waters, with highlights (in no particular order) including great views of European Storm-petrels, the famoue White-tailed Eagle pair close up on the cliffs, a bonus Golden Eagle, and several co-operative Minke Whales....
.... but the outstanding highlight were the huge, seemingly endless rafts of Manx Shearwaters all around us when we reach the northern tip of Coll. we'd never seen so many and the spectacle was a joy to drink in. We estimated 10,000, but there could easily have been many more involved.
Great times with the Mrs and Pearson Snr!
White-tailed Eagle pair

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Isle of Mull, July '23

Ringed Plover chick 

We - the Mrs, the old man and I - returned from a great week on Mull about a month ago, staying in a lovely remote cottage (the former base for the RSPB when White-tailed Eagles were reintroduced many moons ago) and having a fine time relaxing and exploring what is, by all accounts, a ridiculously beautiful place.

Pearson Snr has been many times before (and so knew the place well), but we were Mull debutantes, and it was a great pleasure sharing it with both. We had mixed weather - it is the Hebrides, after all, and all the better to fully appreciate the land- and seascapes - and six days of stunning scenery, rich and varied wildlife, plenty of laughs and offline quality time.
Common Snipe
White-tailed Eagle and Hooded Crow
Short-eared Owl
None more Mull - neolithic stone circle with Highland cow and calf
Common Sandpiper
Golden Eagle
The cottage
.... in a heavy storm
Golden Eagle
White-tailed Eagle with Greylag gosling
Hen Harrier and standing stone
White-tailed Eagle with Common Gull chick
Ringed Plover chick
The clothes line at the cottage