Tuesday, 2 August 2011
Walk to Camas nan Geall (22nd July)
The local beach seemed an attractive place for most of the birds. I stopped to scan the first bay that I passed and was thrilled to find an Otter swimming through the water close to the shore (my first ever in the wild!!!). It then hauled itself out of the water onto the land carrying a crustacean which it devoured secretively behind some boulders (closely attended by a Great Black-backed Gull hoping to gain some scraps) before it reemerged again before diving back into the water and loosing it. I also encountered commoner species such as Buzzards, a Kestrel, Yellowhammer, Shags and Gannets as well as several species of butterfly including Common Blue, Red Admiral, Large White and Small Tortoiseshell. Later in the evening whilst bringing the dog for a walk 4♀ Red-breasted Merganser and 6 Curlew were in the bay of Port na Croisg.