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Kestrel Success

July 14, 2024 at 6:26 pm

I had already checked out this superb Kestrel nest-site earlier in Spring and as no Kestrels were seen I presumed that it was not being used this year. It was, therefore, a pleasant surprise to see five young ready to fledge when I passed by the other day. Unfortunately, when I returned to film the day after two of the young had already flown and only one feed by the male occurred before the other three went – for once a good result story.

Haste Ye Back

July 7, 2024 at 11:20 am

It is a sad reflection on our recent visit to Islay when the best weather we had was on the sail back to the mainland! It was sublime – but what was on show was even better – thousands of Manx Shearwaters and Gannets,
2 Minke Whales, 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black Throated Diver and even an Otter showed for us! Some of Islay’s other wildlife is in this weeks gallery.

Hen Harrier Spectacular

June 30, 2024 at 5:14 pm

Any visitor to Islay in summer is bound to be impressed by the number of sightings of Hen Harriers.The prolonged cold, wet weather with northerly winds has produced the latest breeding season in the last fifty years. Most of the females were still incubating eggs and I even watched a male sky-dancing. The result of this is that virtually all Harrier sightings were of hunting males. Sadly the other effects of the cold and wet weather were numerous nest failures of not only Harriers but also Eagles throughout Scotland
– another climate – change disaster!!

Black Magic

June 23, 2024 at 7:19 pm

Not only is the Sound of Islay a good place for Otters it is brilliant for Black Guillemots. Last week we came across three places that were home for a dozen pairs, at least, of these birds. As they are the latest sea bird to start breeding there was plenty of activities to watch and film.

Wader Delights

June 16, 2024 at 6:10 pm

Everybody wishes for good weather when you are away on holiday but sadly we have no control over what comes our way. On Islay ,for the last two weeks, we have had Northerly winds and a maximum temperature of only 15 degrees. What might appear to be bad news turned into a bonus as it delayed the migration north of up to a hundred Bar Tailed Godwits. These Arctic breeding birds provided me with the only flight shots I have ever taken of these waders before they finally headed north. Islay’s breeding Dunlin, Curlew, Snipe and Redshank also made good subjects for the camera!

Lunch Time

June 10, 2024 at 6:24 pm

Here are some of the more traditional prey items captured the other week by the Kingfishers for their young. All have now fledged, thankfully before the recent spells of torrential rain.