After 4 days without rain Friday looked like it wanted to make up for it.We had a 2hr drive west to Kyle Of Lochalsh to meet up with a friend to spend a few hours in Isle of Skye which takes its name from the old Norse sky-a, meaning 'cloud island'
I looked out the window and saw this Pied Wagtail on the bird table.
Eilean Donan Castle.
Lots of gulls and Hooded Crows on the road to Moll.
had seen 9 Common Buzzards up to now and a Kestrel but not our main
objective but going down another tiny track that I would've never
noticed we saw large birds over the ridge.
Finding a place to park
we tried to keep up the them as they closed their wings and fell from
the sky.After seeing them through the scope we immedaitely realised it
was a pair of Golden Eagles displaying, twisting in flight one way, then
another, attempting to talon clasp as the passed one another.
watched in awe for around 20 minutes til one landed on the ridge,
quickly followed by the other and then we watched in disbelief as we had
the priviledge of seeing wild Golden Eagles mating.
They were only viewable through the scope so these photos are very blurred and far away.
Back in Kyle of Lochalsh to
go to our car we spotted the lifeboat rushing out, and now the
Coastguard and Police on the Skye bridge.The lifeboat moved back and
forth around the bridge supports looking like they were searching for
saying our goodbyes to Jan and going our separate ways we took the long
steady drive back through the gloom and rain to Roybridge still amazed
at the Golden Eagle spectacle we had seen.
Total Bird list for trip -
64.Golden Eagle(New for 2014)