Posts Tagged ‘Birders tour to mull

29
May
15

Jockeying for position!

This Male Black Guillemot was trying his best to mount a proposed mate last week. She was having nothing of it! Every time he raised a leg in anticipation of getting on board she changed position … in the end they decided to just sit together and look out to sea. Lovely birds these, so uncommon here in Norfolk but up on Mull and the west coast of Scotland last week we saw plenty.

Black Guillemot_Z5A9114

26
May
14

Haring into the Vehicle

On the Mull Tour earlier in May of this year we were watching a family of Stonechats from the vehicle when an interloper flew in through one of the windows.

This was one of a couple of Green Hairstreak Butterflies we saw during our time on Mull. I thought it looked a little different to the ones I’ve seen in Norfolk, perhaps a little browner and a little cleaner cut which begged the question does Mull harbour a different subspecies? Having referred the matter to Greg my local Lepidopterist, who’s knowledge of these things far exceeds my own, a subspecies on Mull is not known.

Green Hairstreak

20
May
14

Curiosity

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Common Dolphins are incredibly inquisitive creatures.

We were out between Mull and the Cairns of Coll last week on the birding tour of Mull. We had already seen one or two large rafts of Manx Shearwaters and a small northbound party of Pomarine Skuas when the distant splashes of a school of dolphins were seen.

The skipper played it cool and rather than up the revs and encourage the dolphins to join us bow riding he maintained revs and relied upon their natural curiosity to approach us. His judgement was spot on. We ended up amid around 150 Common Dolphins. Fantastic.

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Common Dolphins 1




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