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'.
Great to see Lapwing back on territory in a few places around #Mull.
This may be controversial but I think the display of a Lapwing is more impressive (visually and vocally) than a skydancing Hen Harrier! What do you think!?
We are very excited to be able to share the wonders of wildlife with our guests again from next week! Our first experience is the Mull Wilderness Expedition on Tue 27th April (10am - 5pm) and is a full day walking tour to connect with the wilder parts of #Mull . Spaces are still available!
https://www.naturescotland.com/mull-wilderness-expedition Ewan Miles (March 2021)
It was good to get back out and do some seascape photography on #Mull during a recent Atlantic storm. This season we will continue to offer our #photography workshops on the island...
https://www.naturescotland.com/private-tours Ewan Miles (April 2021)
An adult male Adder out basking on the Isle of #Mull this week. It is safe to say that they will not be out sunning themselves on the island today as we have heavy rain and Atlantic winds reaching 45mph! Ewan Miles (March 2021)
Yesterday we spent another afternoon immersing in the wilds with local children from #Mull.
We managed to see Golden and White-tailed Eagles along with a Legless Lizard (Slow Worm), a Green Hairstreak butterfly, Otter (seen by some!), Oystercatchers and Yellow Meadow Ants. The children were excited to take home some wildlife based 'Chick Books' children's books written by John Miles. www.chickbooks.co.uk Some of the kids also took home some Beebombs to try and help our very
The 'pure' rock dove is the ancestor of all domesticated and feral pigeons. It is now only found around rocky sites and cliffs in remote areas like the wild coastlines of #Mull. There may only be around 1000-5000 pure rock doves left in Scotland! Ewan Miles (Feb 2021)
Whilst out watching the Quadrantids meteor shower earlier in the week I saw this incredible fireball trailing across the sky for 4-5 seconds and you could even see the metoer break up into two parts at the end! I managed to capture this image whilst shooting a time-lapse.
Also 2 Short-eared Owls, 2 Barn Owls and 3 Tawny Owls! Ewan Miles, Isle of #Mull - Jan 2021
A few reasons to be buzzing... On a beautiful frosty morning on #Mull I was treated to Coal and Great Tits in good song today. Yesterday out on the moors I had Rock Doves singing from their coastal caves and Ravens performing aerial courtship rituals. Last week we had 2 Goldcrests in good voice and also a Song Thrush performing a very abrupt sub-song! The Buzzards (pictured) are showing well at this time of the year, perched up in exposed areas in search of prey. We have seen
A partially white #Mull Mountain Hare on the look out earlier this month. Are Scottish Mountain Hares managing to keep up with climate change?... Read the new Guardian Environment article here... https://www.theguardian.com/.../mountain-hares-at-risk-as... Ewan Miles (Dec 2020)