Day Four Isle of Mull Scotland March 2018

Estonia White tailed Eagle

Another fabulous day! Clear blue sky and sunshine with light winds all day made for perfect wildlife watching conditions. After a great Scottish breakfast we set off and explored south-west of the hotel. We walked alongside a millpond like sea-loch enjoying the peace and splendour of the landscape. Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Common Guillemot and a lovely flock of Common Eider all showed off in the sun, the Eider calling their “oooowww” calls, never fails to make you smile.

Two huge White-tailed Eagles were in a wood alongside the loch and we enjoyed super views through the Leica telescopes. A Golden Eagle soared over a ridge and three Hen Harriers showed. A Common Snipe was new for our trip list.

We moved to a lovely beach over-looking another sea-loch where again the calm sea allowed great viewing conditions. A hot drink and snacks went down well too and we shared our biscuits with very tame Robins, Blackbirds and Chaffinches. Offshore Ray spotted a Black-throated Diver, our first of the trip, and we enjoyed great views. This bird was beginning to moult into breeding plumage, showing the lovely black and white markings on the back and soft grey head. At least six Great Northern Divers were on the calm sea. A bottle-nosed dolphin came into the bay – a real thrill to see this lovely mammal.

More eagles here too, an adult Golden Eagle soared over a ridge allowing a prolonged view and later a very smart juvenile Golden Eagle soared in the sunshine! This was a real impressive birds, with mostly white tail and large white patches in the wings, stunning in the perfect light.

We bumped into our friend Dave Sexton as we were leaving, Dave is the RSPB representative on the Isle of Mull and a mine of information and it was wonderful to hear about the success of birds of prey on the island. Raptors can flourish if they are left in peace to do so!

A great pub lunch went down well and another opportunity to spread the word about birds and birdwatching to Mull residents. We then headed to another bay where we walked down the shore. A flock of gulls were feeding here and we immediately saw an Iceland Gull hanging in the wind above the beach. But our attention was turned away from the gulls as two huge White-tailed Eagles flew low past us! We had wonderful views of these impressive birds and luckily one landed in the top of tree, we could see every detail through the Leica telescopes.

Back to the gulls, we saw a big Glaucous Gull feeding amongst the flock and watched as it bossed the other gulls, pecking and lunging at them to ensure it had first pick of the food. We then saw the Iceland Gull higher up the beach wonderful to have both these rare gulls in view at the same time.

Glaucous Gull Mull 1

Nearby we watched a Golden Eagle on its nest though hard to see much of the bird as it was keeping low in the stick structure.

Just time for one last stop at a viewpoint where we could see a White-tailed Eagle nest, one of the pair sat in a tree top above the nest in the sunshine yet another wow moment. As we admired the eagle we noticed another Iceland Gull on the beach just to our left and had superb views. Two otters, an adult and a well grown cub, ran along the top on an island offshore! Crazy, where to look! An amazing end to our last full day on the Isle of Mull.

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