Sunday, 29 August 2010

Sunday 29th August 2010 Take a little time!

Summer today on the Isle Of Mull with a strongish breeze if your sat in the wrong place.

First sighting of the day x2 WTSE's circling overhead enjoying the early morning sunshine.

A Golden Eagle sat proudly on the cliff the light was fantastic and the bird looked majestic through the telescope. The Golden head clearly visible with the sunshine adding to the effect.

Chaffinches well i counted around 60 in a flock today and then another 30 a little later in the day.

Took a trip into Glen More. A pair of Golden eagles circling overhead this is a favourite place for me it really has a special place in my heart. I often wonder what the scene would look like in the distant past as glacial ice carved its way through the glen.

Couldnt help taking a picture and trying not to get run over in the process!

It was quiet and it appeared i had the glen to myself very quiet just the sound of the wind and distant birdsong.

Its really is an inspiring place and sometimes nice to sit down and allow the scenery and mood of the glen to enter your body and soul.

Glen More  Copyright Michael Leigh-Mallory 2010.

On the way back through the Glen i looked up and yes more Sea-Eagles
Another two up and away Mull really is the best place to see these magnificant

The Tide was very low when i arrived back at the loch time for a spot of Otter
watching. Camo gear on and a nice secluded hole amongst some rocks. Well
all was very quiet just the sound of the lapping tide 3 hours passed. Then yes a
Otter at last came into view heading straight towards me.

The wind was in my favour everything perfect hidden and just a little bit of luck
required. The patience had been worth it great views of an Otter in the western

Isles of Scotland. Had it picked me up? Obviously not as it fished and dived
around me sometimes within 4 feet of me.

The Otter stayed with me for a good 5 mins or so and then headed out onto a
spit to dry itself and have a good roll around. Managed a couple of snaps during

this encounter. I am a great believer of letting wildlife come to me and never advocate

running down the shore or chasing Otters. Yes sometimes it takes time and patience

but overall the results are worthwhile and fantastic.

Only managed a couple of pictures. One heading straight towards me and the other as it made one of its many fishing dives.

Couldnt risk taking any more or the Otter would have picked me up.

Sometimes its better to sit back and enjoy rather than taking pictures.

Otter Swimming  Copyright Michael Leigh-Mallory 2010.

Heres the other Picture. Their tails look so odd when they dive!.

Otter Diving Copyright Michael Leigh-Mallory 2010.

The days are growing shorter and there is a chill about the air tonight. Wont be long and the Autumn will be upon us once more.

But when something ends on Mull theres always something new and exciting waiting in the wings.

Thats what makes Mull such a special place.

Michael Leigh-Mallory

Mull In Focus.

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