We spent a week on the isle of Mull, off the West coast of Scotland. Our main target
was the white-tailed sea eagle, so we took several boat trips with Mull Charters.
Martin the skipper was very skilled at positioning the boat at just the right place
to see the eagles diving into the loch. We were fortunate to have a couple of dives
by the birds on each boat trip we went on.
A 2 minute ferry ride (reminiscent of sailing in a tin bath) led to the tiny isle
The whole island has a “left alone” feeling that is so good for local wildlife
Another island we visited was Iona, rich in religious heritage and wildlife. Many
corncrakes were heard and a couple were glimpsed, but the vegetation was too tall
for photography - a place to return to earlier in the season in the future ?
The colourful buildings of Tobermorry
Common Sandpipers were everywhere on Mull, their piping calls a constant background
Flag iris were in full flower around many of the lochs
Marsh fritillaries were on the wing
Movement down by the shore turned out to be not an otter but a mink
A willow warbler brought lots of insects, including a moth, to feed its hungry chicks
Occasionally wildlife can be very obliging - this snipe perched on a wonderfully