Highlands & Skye - Part Two

May 15, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Highlands & Skye 2017 - Part Two

Day 4: May 1st

It would be difficult to better yesterday! We set off fairly early, heading for Skye but not by any direct route. John took a very rare photograph at one of our break stops. Me. He was hoping for wood warbler but I was all he could find! Sorry I'm not always precise about the locations: perhaps I should fill in my notes more assiduously!!

Near Achnasheen wagtails were showing along with hirundines at the railway station. Near there ravens were seen atop a pylon.

They flew off. I like a nice bif! [birds in flight] Anyway, we stopped for lunch near Shieldaig. A wheatear bounced around.

Applecross was our big stop of the day. Probably because I wasn't paying attention I didn't really know why we were going there. It sounded like a long uphill walk. In the end I probably walked no more than 600m. All for just a couple of birds...

One peeped over a rock at us. Wonder if he knows how to spell his name? Ptarmigan.

For me one of the two main highlights of the holiday. Here they come, male and, less noticeable, prettily marked female.

We reached our hotel on Skye late afternoon. A brief stop at the wrong hotel gave me a chance of a hooded crow photo - they can be easily seen but wary of photographers. Got this one!

Day 5: May 2nd

A boat trip from Portree to see white-tailed eagles. For me the memories are unforgettable. Porpoises, dolphins and the eagles. Here's a few reminders.

Leaving Portree out into the Raasay Sound. Red-throated divers seen shortly after leaving harbour - into the sun made lighting tricky. Eagles spotted standing like guardians of their empire on rocks by the water's edge. Waiting for us perhaps to throw some fish overboard...

Now for the really tricky bit: could I get a sharp shot as the eagle came for the fish... Only want one! Good, but not quite.

That'll do. Flying off. Up on the rocks the crows harassed the eagle for morsels.

Black guillemots, guillemots and shags all seen too. Very good crest. Seals basking in the wonderful weather we were so lucky to enjoy. Nowhere in Britain had it better than us! Not forgetting the dolphins. Next time, if there ever is one, I must spend longer trying to photograph these fabulous animals...

Quick shopping trip back at Portree. No, I didn't buy a yacht. We set off for the Trotternish peninsula. Great scenery all day. The cliffs of Staffin and Kilt Rock. Lunch overlooking Staffin Island where bonxies [great skuas] nest. I managed to home in on one.

End of Part Two


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