Aigas, Arctic skua, eider, Gairloch, Golden eagle, greenfinch, grey wagtail, Loch Ewe, Meadow pipit, oblong-leaved sundew, primrose, red deer, red-breasted merganser, roe deer, Round-leaved sundew, sea eagle, sedge warbler, Slavonian grebe, Strathconon
The two final days at Aigas in one post. Accounting for Thursday will very be short. We drove over to the West Coast of Scotland, to the Loch Ewe and Gairloch areas, returning by way of Loch Maree. Here are a couple of views we saw on the way there, and a very short video.
From these it can be seen that the weather was not exactly ideal, and I have already indicated that I was not well-equipped with bad weather gear. Having had our lunch we walked along the seashore for a while, in a howling gale, hoping to see sea eagles.
The sea and the grass show how windy it was, and I chickened out again, being absolutely frozen, and made my way back to the bus.
It was quite a time before my colleagues returned and I hoped they were having luck with the eagles. They weren’t, but they did see a ‘bonxie’, an Arctic skua, which was a plus.
On the way back to Aigas, we had two unexpected sightings at the same place. The stop was for reasons of nature other than wildlife, and we weren’t expecting to see anything special, but to our surprise we saw there a large group of eider duck, and a red-breasted merganser, swimming on the sea.
And it was a treat to see a greenfinch, that increasing rarity in our gardens because of a rapidly spreading disease.
Friday was our last day, and was spent along Strathconon. A pleasant morning:
An after-lunch stroll:
But the best was yet to come. I wasn’t able to get pictures of an osprey perched in a tree, because sadly someone had not understood the instruction to keep within the outline of the bus when we got out, so it was spooked and flew off. But I had been able 30 minutes earlier to get a few pictures of – at last – two golden eagles! Sadly, in terms of wildlife the fact that we saw two of them flying around was not a good thing, because it meant there were no chicks on the nest to be looked after by one parent. But it was a thrill for us.
The afternoon’s sightings were completed much nearer our base by some Slavonian grebes and a sedge warbler.
Up very early on the Saturday morning for the 8.55 flight from Inverness to Bristol. What will be the next photographic experience I post here? At present I have no idea!