Canna, Eagles And More Pt. 1

Today promised good weather so we booked a boat trip from Elgol to Canna and Rum. We went with this company on another trip some years ago, but then the weather was atrocious. This time we had gorgeous sunshine most of the time, could have done with some suncream… Below is the RIB that was our transport for the day, with the Cuillin ridge in the background. Most of the snow that was there when we arrived on Skye has now disappeared.

Our Transport

Our Transport

 

The first birds we saw when we got to Canna were some Shags. The Puffins and Guillemots had not arrived yet. Shags, unlike many other seabirds, do not have oiled feathers. This means that after every diving session they need to dry their wings, which produces some nice pictures!

Shag Drying Its Wings

Shag Drying Its Wings

 

Shags On The Cliff

Shags On The Cliff

 

A rarer, more spectacular bird appear a little later off the north coast of Canna. It was a young White Tailed Eagle possibly flown here from Rum.

Young White Tailed Eagle #1

Young White Tailed Eagle #1

 

It found a rock on the cliff from which it could observe us and any potential prey. Canna is home to thousands of rabbits. Their number rose exponentially after a successful campaign to get rid of the rats that were destroying the puffin population. It had been ringed and the number on the ring is 60/51. Maybe I should let the RSPB know.

Young White Tailed Eagle #2

Young White Tailed Eagle #2

 

After a while it got fed up with looking at us and flew off to find another vantage point. If you click on the images you will see a bigger version. More tomorrow.

Young White Tailed Eagle #4

Young White Tailed Eagle #4

 


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