A Week on Eagle Island

07th June 2012
We’ve just returned from a wonderful week in the wildlife capital of Scotland, the Isle of Mull (Eagle Island)!

Not only was the weather fantastic for Scotland, so was the wildlife. Unfortunately there was a duffer behind the camera and although I got some great shots of the wildlife particularly the White Tailed Eagle, I did miss some important shots.

I’ve spent a lot of time in the so-called “Raptor Valley” in Speyside and seen next to nothing. Along Loch na Keal there was so much action I didn’t know which way to look, White Tailed Eagle being mobbed by Buzzards and Crows in front, Golden Eagle soaring along the mountain ridge behind, Red Throated Diver on the water and all in an incredible landscape.

A wildlife watchers dream really. I say watcher, as a lot of the action was too far away to photograph, not that I didn’t try, so bins or a scope are a requirement to watch the action unfolding before you.

On the downside beware of the Scottish Midges especially in an evening. Venturing forth without some sort of protection is a definite no, no and those pesky midges certainly feasted well on me. For those that don’t know the effective repellent for Scottish midges is Avon Oh So Soft, so if you are going you’ve been warned, go prepared!!

Apart from the Midge bites and I have lots, even in places that you’d hope haven’t been exposed, I also came home with some other war wounds.

I’m pretty stable mentally; well at least I hope so. Unfortunately I’m obviously not so stable on my legs and when I’m on holiday I manage to fall at least once. So I ended up with a couple of cuts, a swollen and bruised knee, a dose of wounded pride and a pair of jeans now only fit for the bin. Luckily nobody was around to see the event, I imagine it does look quite amusing to watch someone trying to avoid their photographic equipment being damaged in preference to themselves: luckily it wasn’t. What us photographers do for their art!!


The shot I took as I fell

Anyway, I took lots of photographs, 1000’s, a lot of which will be destined for the trash.

The highlights of the trip, not my fall, were the Sea Eagle trip with Mull Charters and the trip to the Treshnish Islands with Turus Mara: both are highly recommended. We also had a wildlife tour with Pam & Arthur from Discover Mull, who we went out with on a previous visit to Mull some years ago. On the Discover Mull website it says Pam’s cake are legendry and everyone on the trip did rave about them, so another top trip.

We stayed at Killoran House, which was also excellent. Start your day off with a super breakfast and finish it off with a fine evening meal and retire to a very comfortable room/bed. The rooms were immaculately kept and very clean. I’ve also got to mention the power shower in our bathroom it was excellent and it helped give me an invigorating start to the day. It wasn’t the cheapest place to stay but neither was it the most expensive.

Killoran House www.killoranmull.co.uk
Mull Charters www.mullcharters.com
Discover Mull www.discovermull.co.uk
Turus Mara www.turusmara.com

See other items to follow detailing the various trips.

Cheers

Andy

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