Archive for Jun, 2015


Morning after the night before

Looking a bit rough and ready was this little chap that appeared on one of our tours on the marshes the other day. Not quite resplendent in his summer garb but this Ruff was sort of … well … ‘getting there’.



Logistics without limits

A break from the motorway traveling north last month saw us pulling out of the services around the usual myriad of mini roundabouts. A casual glance into a lorry park made me take one of the roundabouts again to take a better look. One of the lorry drivers was sharing his sandwiches with a flock of domestic geese but it was a goose on the outside of the flock that grabbed my attention.

It was a Pinkfoot. Now, you tell me, what was a Pink-footed Goose doing at a service station on the A74? I pulled over and we took a few photographs, the moment being immortalised by Pauline Walton, one of my guests. I’m guessing the goose had suffered some injury on its way back north this spring and had taken allegiance with its domesticated brethren. In fact one of the wings looked a little damaged although it appeared in tact and didn’t appear pinioned.

Expect anything at anytime!

Pink footed Goose

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Pinkfooted Goose


What’s it all about

Do I get enjoyment from leading tours? Of course I do. Sure I love seeing birds and other wildlife but the best value I get is showing a guest something they have never seen before. When whatever it is shows well then that’s when I get really excited for them. Strongly imprinted memories live long in the mind. When something shows well those memories are well and truly burned into place. For me it’s always more about the people than about what they are looking at.

I always ask my guests after a tour what was their best moment. Sometimes it’s hard to filter out what was best among a throng of bests but on the latest Mull Tours the sightings of Corncrake more often than not came out on top. Some really good sightings this year of this enigmatic species both on the ground and in the air. Long may that continue.

Corncrake 1



Man Alive!

Monday saw us out about Norfolk on the ‘Photographing Orchids’ day. Without a doubt the overwhelming highlight were several spikes of Man Orchid; more pristine than I have ever seen them before, and incredibly rare in Norfolk.

One of the best sources of information on Norfolk’s Orchids is available as a free pdf download from the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalist’s Society.

Man Orchid


Amid a cauldron of Mountains

Driving down to the south of Mull on our second tour to the western Isle this spring the mist was hanging over the peaks. The mountains surrounded us. We were driving through a cauldron of rock and scree that rose imposingly from the undulating valley bottom. It was just after the second time of asking my guests to keep an eye open for raptors that the shout went up.

I pulled in and immediately saw two large birds of prey. It didn’t take long to put a label on them as our second and third Golden Eagles of the trip. We were delighted when one bird started to sky dive and display to the other. Impressive birds these; the kings of raptors. We spent a good ten minutes watching the birds before the rosettes of Common Butterwort that surrounded us took our attention and the birds disappeared behind distant crags.

Golden Eagle

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Jun 2015


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