Sunday, 24 June 2012

Isle of Mull - Day 3

Hours away, the boat trip out to Lunga and Staffa lingered in our heads, as our excitement couldn't stay beneath my teeth. Driving down to the Ulva Ferry, the regular birds such as Stonechat, Wheatear in double figures, and the local Buzzards all out hunting amongst the midges. Also, all the common wader species all out and about, getting food for their young. A nice sight was about 20 Eider Duck swimming along the fishing area on Loch Na Keal, but no fish was seen caught. Our first trip was to Staffa, but the only things that were active were some first Twite of the year and also some numbers of Fulmar flying around their territories.  On the boat, plenty of Black Guilemots, Common Guilemots and Razorbills lined the sea in numbers. Arriving Lunga, these are what greeted us;

Very Tame Puffins

A Few Twite were showing Well

Nesting Fulmar were smiling for the camera

An Extremely Tame Puffin

The glowing yellow inside mouth of a Razorbill

Nesting Kittiwakes

A Fantastic day not over yet, as Ravens in their numbers were snorting above the mountain ridges, the White-tailed Eagle pair were collecting their food for their young at Loch Na Keal, and a elegant Red-breasted Merganser pair were swimming the beautiful colours of Loch Scridain, a first for the year too.

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