A day in the mountains was long overdue so on Friday I gave myself a rare day off to explore the high tops of #Mull. On the ascent up I saw my first Redwings on the season, with 6 birds feeding on Rowan berries in a nearby ravine. As soon as I reached the summit I heard the rippling sound of Snow Buntings overhead and counted 5 birds (photo is in the comments). Bellowing Red Deer stags were providing soundscapes throughout the day and at times I felt like I was on the set of
The sun has now set on our #Norfolk Wildlife Expeditions... We now focus our attention on #Mull day tours and up and coming package expeditions on the #Solway and the #Cairngorms. Ewan Miles (Norfolk, Sept 2021)
The waterfalls came to life on yesterdays #Mull Nature Expedition to provide some spectacular wild scenes on a wet tour of the island! We managed to see White-tailed Eagles and five Otters with some great perseverance and hardiness shown by our guests to brave the elements and get rewarded with some wonderful wildlife.
The mighty Hen Harrier! We have loved introducing our guests to this majestic species again this year! Along with being an important breeding area, the Isle of #Mull is also a key wintering site for this graceful raptor.
Lovely to see Short-eared Owls on recent #Mull tours! It has been another really poor breeding season for the species on Mull but it appears that there have been a few breeding attempts on the south of the Isle.
THE ISLE OF #MULL WILDLIFE EXPEDITION with IOLO WILLIAMS We had a wonderful encounter with this male osprey during the second experience and this was one of three sightings we had of the species during the ten days! An increase in osprey sightings summering on the north of the island this year has provided promising signs that this majestic migrant will continue their recovery and perhaps soon be breeding on Mull again in the near future.
THE ISLE OF #MULL WILDLIFE EXPEDITION with IOLO WILLIAMS A stunning Sooty Shearwater on today's Sea Life Surveys, Staffa Tours wildlife cruise! These seabirds cross the equator twice a year in pursuit of an endless summer and Sooty Shearwaters can fly 65,000 km (39,000 miles) in an annual round trip journey. It is one of the longest recorded animal migrations!
THE ISLE OF #MULL WILDLIFE EXPEDITION with IOLO WILLIAMS On our first evening excursion we managed to see three Mountain Hares in the fading light!
The following day we had some great encounters with some of the islands 'spotlight species' including a stunning close view of a male Hen harrier and a glimpse of a Short-eared Owl. A mother and cub Otter bringing prey ashore was also memorable to see along with White-tailed and Golden Eagles soaring overhead!
THE ISLE OF #MULL WILDLIFE & MEDIA EXPEDITION with GORDON BUCHANAN We had a memorable tour with Sea Life Surveys where we managed to encounter 200 plus Common Dolphins, Minke Whales, Harbour Porpoise, Storm Petrels and large rafts of Manx Shearwaters!
A capsid bug caught in the carnivorous Round-leaved Sundew on a recent #Mull #wildlife experience. We also spotted a damselfly trapped in these insectivorous wild flowers at the weekend! Nature is amazing !
A monumental day in the mountains of #Mull at the weekend! 3 adult Ptarmigan (2 cocks and 1 hen (pictured)) plus 2 chicks (pictured)!! Also an adult male Peregrine, 2 occupied Golden Plover territories and Red-throated Divers incl chick. Ewan Miles (July 2021)
We have enjoyed some stunning #dragonfly and #damselfly encounters on recent #Mull tours, including Golden-ringed Dragonfly (pictured), Black Darter, Keeled Skimmers, Common Darter, Beautiful Demoiselle, Four-spotted Chasers and Large-red Damselfly.
We have thoroughly enjoyed providing wildlife experiences for our island visitors during this half term week. Some noteworthy sightings include Short-eared Owls, Otters, White-tailed Eagles (pictured) and even a Minke whale on two excursions! We have also seen the first Harbour Seal pups and a Black-throated Diver looking very dapper in breeding plumage on Loch na Keal! A personal highlight for me was seeing a Swift over #Tobermory (they do not breed on #Mull).
It was wonderful to see our first Beautiful Demoiselle (pictured) of the year during our #Mull Nature Expeditions this week! We also spotted our first Four-spotted Chasers and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries of 2021!
THE ISLE OF #MULL WILDLIFE EXPEDITION with IOLO WILLIAMS A great couple of days with Short-eared Owl, Red-throated Diver, Woodcock and Hen Harrier all encountered on the first evening outing. Yesterday we had a wonderful day exploring the Treshnish Isles with Turus Mara and along with the spectacular seabird species (including Puffins, pictured) we had Corncrake (calling), Water Rail (calling) and a few pairs of Twite. Today we are heading out in search of cetaceans in the mo
It was great to be out sharing the wilds of #Mull with our guests again as yesterday we ran a Mull Wilderness Expedition on the north west of the island. We had good views of Golden Eagles, Cuckoos, Whimbrel, Kestrels, and Ravens. We also heard Twite, Common Whitethroat and Curlew up on the moors. All sightings were recorded on BTO British Trust for Ornithology 'Birdtrack'.