The Cairngorms, Skye and Mull

We enjoyed the Island of Mull so much last year that we decided to return this year, via the Cairngorms to see Ospreys and Skye to see whatever we could find.  We found a great B&B near to the RSPB reserve at Kingussie and soon discovered the ‘secret’ location of a pair of nesting Ospreys on Loch Insh.  Amazingly, this site, which is on an island but easily viewed from the shore, had very few visitors while we were there.  And yet, we had some great views of the birds sitting in trees near to the nest, sitting on the nest and bringing fish in from the River Spey and the fishing lakes at Rothiemurchus.

It was these fishing lakes at Rothiemurchus that interested me because the estate has left one lake for the Ospreys and set up hides for photographers to try and get some great shots.  It’s still not easy because, although you get some warning that a bird is coming in, you’re never sure which direction it’s coming from and they are so quick that they can be in an out in seconds.  Anyhow, take a look at just some of the images I got.  It’s definitely a place I’ll return to because rarely will you see an Osprey fishing so close.

Skye is a beautiful island but we were a bit disappointed with the wildlife – not quite so abundant and visible as on Mull we thought.  The weather was great and I did get some nice shots of Common Sandpipers, Grey Herons, Redstarts, Sand Martins. Twite, Whimbrel, Wheatear, Pied Wagtail and more.  Mull was a different story and here, despite the weather being mixed, I got exactly what I was looking for all around Loch Na Keal – White Tailed Eagle again ( I got some last year), Otters, Dippers, Eider and some great sightings of Golden Eagles.  Mull is magical.  Just about all of the tourists are wildlife enthusiasts and eager to share information about sightings.  I can’t wait to go back…


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