Monday, 11 July 2011

Otter Spotting - Mull Edition

Well. What an awesome weekend that was.

Some of the Mull highlights included:
-Early morning Red Deer
-Friendly Siskin
-Bold Harbour Porpoise
-Displaying Harbour Seals
-Lazy Bonxie's
-Wonderful White Tailed Eagles (see previous post)
- and fishing Otters...

A good hour and 45 mins spent with the latter whilst it foraged, completely undeterred by our nearby lunch stop, yielded these snaps.

Graceful my foot!

However I saw at least 7 successful dives in a 1 hour period (interspersed with some lounging on the shore).

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Spot the Birdy...

There are 3 amazing birds in this incredibly long shot, can you spot them all? Answers on a postcard....

Click to enlarge (Really, it helps)

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Normal service has been resumed.

After a week's awesome sunshine I awoke today to the sound of rain on the window panes. I had been expecting it. So raincoat on I headed off to uni, but even though the sunny weather has left me I still can't settle down to work. Why? BECAUSE I GO TO MULL TOMORROW!

That's right folks, I'm demonstrating on the UMBSM marine mammal course :D Which means two four day stints on the Isle of Mull looking out for Otters, Seals, and other marine megafauna (and unofficially a few fluttery things as well).

So watch this space for excited updates and hopefully some pretty new pictures as well. Ciao for now!

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Hopping mad....

Anyone who knows me fairly well can tell you I have to be in the right mood to be patient. Free of distractions and noise to sit and wait. Luckily yesterday I was in such a mood and, with the glorious sunshine blessing Cumbrae, I left Matthew to his reading and set out in search of the Grasshopper Warblers I'd heard in the scrub around Farland Point.

Cutting first toward the marine station to make sure the light was behind me I made my usual vain attempts to get a good shot of my other wonderful neighbours, the Fulmar.

The standard disinterested look...
Then through the gate onto the Point, where I has quickly distracted by Sedge Warblers carrying huge green caterpillars to the nest. Tearing myself away I followed the path until I heard the familiar buzzing call off to my left, in a bush I thought.... so I ducked off the path, settled down on some heather, pulled up my socks to avoid midge bites and settled down in the sunshine.

Then the calling stopped and later started up some 20 meters away.... bugger not even a glimpse. I pondered remaining, to see if it would return. I'm glad I didn't, Leaving my coat where I had been sitting on it I followed the rabbit path through the fairly boggy ground to and open patch of grasses where, to my joy, I found him singing his little heart out, turning his head this way and that to broadcast his song. And it was a good job I did, any more waiting and my sunburn would have gone critical!

Small bird, big voice!

And this was the closest I got, I wasn't going to risk flushing a beastie I'd just gotten sunburn waiting for!