Friday, 29 July 2016

One for sorrow.

Mites or moulting....you decide!

A sad looking Magpie!

24th July.


The same Magpie...29th July.

Friday, 22 July 2016

A sunny day in the garden. July 2016

A calm, dry and hot day was a perfect day to take stock of garden visitors and also take a few images. The Viper's Bugloss was the most  productive plant, it was awash with Bumblebees enjoying the nectar, the Lavender flowers came a close second and the Nasturtiums came a very credible third place!












 
 





 
 
 
Every rose has its thorn
Just like every night has its dawn
Just like every cowboy sings his sad, sad song
Every rose has its thorn
 
Artist
Poison.

 
 
 
 

Friday, 15 July 2016

A short post (well it was meant to be short) to finish off my Mull holiday.

17th April
 A visit was enjoyed to Tobermory today,  it is the biggest village on Mull. A pity the weather was not very bright as the houses would have looked even more delightful in sunshine! As it was Sunday a lot of the shops were  closed save for a few gift shops selling amongst other gifts items connected to the pre-school TV series 'Balamory' .  
 
Whats the story in Balamory, wouldn't you like to know?

What's the story in Balamory, where would you like to go?
 
 
 
 
 





 
 
 
 Salen, a settlement on the Isle of Mull.
  It is on the east coast of the island, on the Sound of Mull. These retired fishing boats still had a lot of character visible when you looked closely at them, not too close mind! If they could speak they would probably have many seafaring tales to tell!
I would imagine they have been the subject of many photographers who have come across them!
 






 
2 male Hen Harriers were sighted on the journey back to the Hotel.
 


 
Otters.....lovely to see even if just fleetingly.
 
 


 
 
Early morning on Loch Scridain.

 
Iona.
 
Iona is a small island in the Inner Hebrides off the Ross of Mull on the western coast of Scotland.
The ferry crossing from Fionnphort  only takes about ten minutes. The island is superb and a place I would like to stay for a couple of days on any future visit to Mull.. As soon as we started walking we saw a Wheatear and a couple more later, 1st of year for us (it was April ;-) ) Plenty of Starlings were seen during the visit along with Hooded  Crows, Pied Wagtails, Song Thrush etc. We were talking to a gentleman who was making a stone wall and he told us that a Corncrake had returned just this week  to the garden next to his!!! He said last year 2 came in to his garden,  they stood motionless in the garden and watched them for quite awhile...lucky people. He was thrilled about having them so close to his home! They nest in Iris fields on Iona and are now starting to populate Mull in very small numbers.
 








 
 
 
Short-eared Owls.
 
We had been given directions to where Short-eared Owls were most likely to be viewed at dusk. We had just driven down the road between the fields when we spotted the first one! At one point there were 4 Short-eared Owls sighted hawking the fields. Kestrel, Curlew and 6 Red Deer also seen tonight. A great birding evening!




 
 
A leisurely stroll!

 
 
21st April.
 
 
Highlights seen on Loch Scridain today were: Ring Plover, Raven x4 flying noisily over the Loch, Redshank, Whimbrel, Curlew, Common Sandpiper and R B Merganser.
 
 

 
 
 
We had another splendid day today with Bryan Rains of 'Wild about Mull Wildlife Tours', highly recommended if you are visiting Mull.
 
 Highlights were a Golden Eagle being mobbed by a Hooded Crow then a male Hen Harrier appeared on the scene, much excitement watching the action! White-tailed Sea Eagle, 3 sightings. Seals lazing on rocks and the shoreline.The icing on the cake today was an Adder bathing on corrugated sheeting about 3ft away from us,  and later in the day a Mountain Hare! It looked like a big cuddly rabbit, no pics as it was quite distant on rocks on a beach! Golden Plover, Rock Pipit. Wren, Willow Warbler,
  
 
 






 
 
 
Hotel garden birds.
Siskin,  G S Woodpecker were seen in the hotel  garden ( no Green Woodpeckers on Mull) and a Cuckoo was heard.
 



 
Loch Scridain



The Old Post Office at Lochbuie sells frozen ready made meals using local produce also various items such as drinks, cakes, snacks etc payment is via the ' honesty box' in the shop! How quaint!



A few images to finish what had been a wonderful holiday on the Isle of Mull!



 
 
 
 
 
Bye, bye Mull...until next time.