Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Another cracking day

Another full day guiding this time across to the Applecross peninsula with Andrew.

The day got off to a good start with Dipper just outside Dulnain bridge, a good gaggle of Greylag Geese in a nearby field.

Heading into the highlands we stopped at a roadside layby to witness two Red Throated Diver going through their display ritual and giving their haunting calls, not to be outdone a nearby Black Throated Diver answered back!

Up over the "Pass of the cattle" we were treated to some stunning views but not even these could compare to the high flying Golden Eagle (a lifer for Andrew which he picked up himself)  and Ptarmigan (lifer number two) as it sat in full view on top of a rock calling it's heart out.

Applecross itself proved a valuable stop with six Slavonian Grebes, Common Scoter, Razorbill and two Great Northern Diver, a flyby Iceland Gull was a nice addition to the day list as well.  Also a distant Black Guillemot (lifer 3!)  however we did pick up a closer Black Guillemot nearer to the Sheildaig area.

Weather all day was superb, once again great company and most of all some stunning birds!

Roll on tomorow!!

Three lifers Andrew

Great Northern Diver (nearly full plumage)

Sheildaig Area

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