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Mull - June 2013

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 of Ulva.

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 sound

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 weathered post