Last weekend I cycled/walked from my winter home at Aorodh to Gortantaoid point and was greeted by teal, redshank, great northern divers, curlew, rock pipit, oystercatcher, turnstone, two goats!, buzzard, seal and more and got to cycle away into a pretty stunning sunset over the saltmarsh and past around 20 red deer stags just over the other side of the deer fence. You can see why I haven’t been very good at updating the blog recently! ;)
Last Tuesday we were all sent from the Oa to go off looking for White Tailed Sea Eagles between Laphroaig and Claggain Bay and I got very lucky! Whilst tucking into some late lunch and chatting on the radio to some people further down the coast I heard something land behind the rock I was sheltering behind and make an unfamiliar bird of prey call. I obviously didn’t expect it to be anything too important so only after finishing my snack and radio conversation did I creep over my rock to have a look! Low and behold massive sea eagle right there…don’t really know who was more surprised! Only realised after a few minutes of watching it take on the wind that I had a camera and managed to get some really bad shots of it!! Very very lucky!
We recently tried to ‘summit’ Islay’s highest peak of Beinn Bheigier, a lofty 491m but due to a leisurely morning and a lot of sightseeing/picnicking along the way we didn’t quite make it…this time! Nights are really drawing in here and we had to turn back at about 3pm to make sure we weren’t stumbling back in the dark, we did get to spend some time by this lovely loch though and as HELP project officer, Natalie Huss would say, “make your own summits”!