Sunday, May 29, 2005

Of Whinchats and Woolly Bears

Arrived at a cottage on Ardnamurchan for a week. Whinchats (Saxicola ruberta) and Garden Tiger moths (Arctia caja) breeding in the garden, Ravens (Corvus corax) at the bottom of the garden and Cuckoos (Cuculus canorus) everywhere. The journey there was also very eventful with two Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) showing extremely well near Loch Mudle and the entertaining Black Guillemots (Cepphus grylle) nesting next to the ferry at Ardgour. It was nice to hear Wood Warblers singing from the Atlantic Oak Woodlands along Loch Sunart and elsewhere.

Whinchat Saxicola ruberta, male

Digiscoped with Nikon CP995, Leica APO77 + 20x eyepeice

Garden Tiger (Arctia caja), larva

Nikon CP995

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