Nature Notes from Argyll
(and occasionally other places)

Tue 20 Mar 2012 A boat trip run by Sealife Adventures for Seil Natural History Group.

The water was very rough and we were not able to land on the Garvellachs as intended but we saw plenty of interest and were kept supplied with tea and biscuits.  Some of the photos are very poor owing to both boat and subject moving but they represent the reality of wildlife watching which doesn't always involve close-up views.

The scenery was stunning as always.  You see the wild side of the land from the sea.
 

Tadorna tadorna

Shelduck in Seil Sound
 

Gavia immer, winter plumage

Great Northern Diver
 

Phalacrocorax aristotelis

Shags with Cormorant and Great Black-backed Gull
 

Belnahua

Belnahua


Larus marinus

Gulls on small island off Jura
 

Cepphus grylle

We saw many Black Guillemots but I could not get a good picture as conditions were too rough.
 

Cervus elaphus

Red Deer hind grazing on hilltop


Haliaeetus albicilla

Sea Eagle with pink wing-tag. There were two others flying around that eventually came to rest beside this one.
 

Phoca vitulina

Common Seal keeping its toes dry
 

Phalacrocorax aristotelis

Shags: adult with breeding crest, and first winter bird
 

Haematopus ostralegus

Oystercatcher
 

Larus glaucoides, first winter

Iceland Gull, spotted by Bob Grove
 

Larus glaucoides, first winter

Iceland Gull in flight

 

       
                 

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