2nd September 2018
We were spolit with eagle action last Thursday at West Ardhu!
Hope arrived with a measly portion of food but, instead of dropping it in the nest, she perched underneath Misak to eat it herself, despite the incessant calling from the hungry chick.
Ulva, appeared at the same time but, realising the food wasn’t for sharing, she swiftly moved on and soared up high for our visitors for a while before being mobbed by ravens.
Ulva, one of the chicks, soaring overhead
And there was more mobbing to come! The visitors would have gone home happy then but in the final moments of the tour, Hope flew past us over the nearby hillside. Instead of following her normal route, she strangely decided to stop and perch precariously atop a very spindly tree. She was now sat about 100 metres away from us – something we rarely see them do!
Almost immediately, she was greeted with hostility by one of the local buzzards who proceeded to mob her as she called out, swooping past her again and again until she finally up and left, with the buzzard in pursuit.
Here is the series of Cian’s photos to illustrate the story!
Hope, coming in to land near the group
The buzzard mobbing Hope
Hope looking up at the buzzard
Hope has had enough!
Hope leaves, pursued by the buzzard
Tours at West Ardhu are still running throughout September. To book on a tour, please call 01680 812 556. Of course these are wild birds so please bear in mind that you may not get as lucky as this!
Thanks for reading,
RSPB Community Information and Tourism Officer
23rd August 2018
At West Ardhu Eagle Watch, we are having the odd sighting of an immature white-tailed eagle who is obviously very inquisitive about what’s going on in the nest.
One day, it went as far as to sit in the nest tree, peering down at the eaglet in the nest before Hope crashed in to chase it off. The nearby group of five kestrels also joined in!
The intruder lands in the nest tree and peers down at the eaglet on the nest
Hope to the rescue!
The intruder leaving... only to circle back again
One of the eaglets escaping the commotion
We are still running tours until the end of September so to book on one, call the VisitScotland iCentre on 01680 812556.
20th August 2018
Where did all that lovely weather go?
I’m, once again, living in waterproof overtrousers and boots which have been damp for days. However I can’t help but pity the eagles more than myself as they sit sheltering under branches, holding their wings out to dry.
Hope drying off her wings
Star drying out
An eagle on the drive home! Possibly Hope from West Ardhu
Despite the dismal weather, our eagles have still been going about their daily business to the delight of cheerful but sodden visitors. We’ve seen Hope and Star bringing food back to nest and the eaglets flying around and even perching closer to us to investigate!
Hope bringing food back to the nest in talons and beak!
Star bringing home some food
One of the eaglets stretching its wings
So, even on the dismal days, we are still seeing good action (although tours may be cancelled if the visibility is too bad due to the rain/cloud). We are still running tours until the end of September so to book on one, call the VisitScotland iCentre on 01680 812556.