Saturday, 7 April 2012

103 Species and 14 lifers!

Just completed a fantastic three days guiding in Scotland, covering the West coast, Scottish Glens and Moors, the Moray Coastline and North to Loch Fleet and the Cromarty Firth.  Even though this was not a concentrated "how many species can we see" exercise we still managed to notch up a total of 103!

Applecross area

There is something really satisfying about getting people their target birds, sometimes it is a bird they have seen in a book as a child or a bird they have been longing to see for a very long time but have just never connected with it.  Today  Rab's bogey bird that had haunted him for sixty years was unblocked in grand style when I was able to present a whole telegraph wire full of them! I will leave the species a mystery so let your minds run riot!

Golden Eagle (one of three)

A little taster of what was seen:  Bean Goose, Scaup by the 100's Long tailed duck by the 1000's both summer and winter plumaged birds, Red, Black and Great Northern Divers all in summer plumage,  Ptarmigan, Black Grouse Lekking,Slavonian Grebes summer plumage, Red Kite, Ringtail Hen Harrier, Golden Eagle, Osprey, Purple Sandpipers in summer plumage, Iceland gull, Black Guillemot, Hooded Crow, Twite and Crossbill.

Two satisfied clients, 14 lifers between them and one very very happy "Birding Ecosse" Guide! 

Mountain Goat

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