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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Mull weekend Day 3

Sunday the 24th, after receiving info from some other birders whilst eating out in Tobermory last night we headed out to Loch Baa this morning, it was a pleasant walk out to the Loch serenaded by Redstarts and accompanied by Cuckoo’s and Common Sandpipers, once by the Loch it wasn’t long before some large Raptors were seen over the opposite ridge and we spent the next hour or so enjoying views of at least four White Tailed and three Golden Eagles interacting with each other, also a few Ravens about and a ringtail Hen Harrier flew across as we made our way back. We spent the rest of the day driving around Loch na Keal in the hope of the boat coming out and attracting the White Tailed Eagles down but it didn’t today, we went along the Southern shore first with plenty more Eagles, Buzzards, Ravens etc up over the ridges, Wheatears, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits on the lower slopes and Great Northern Divers and Red Breasted Mergansers on the Loch, then returned and went along the Northern shore eventually cutting through the Northern part of the Island back to Tobermory, nothing new added but some nice scenery.
walking out to Loch Baa

huge birds even at a distance

White Tailed with two Golden Eagles

mainly Red Deer but a few Fallow seen as well

Golden Eagle from Loch na Keal

Buzzards too

surprisingly few Waders on the Island, mainly Lapwings and Curlews but this fella was by the Loch
not forgetting Common Sandpipers

Loch na Keal scenics

Rock Doves, probably as close as you're gonna get


yours truly, photo courtesy of Darren

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