120630 Skottland-Scotland , day 7 Saturday, Kintyre

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120630 Saturday, day 7
Aisla Craig
Woke up at 6.30 and ready for birding at 7. We started out and rounded the bay heading for Cambeltown Loch with Stinking Hole, Davarr Island. We saw mostly tits and swallows, cormorants and Gannets from the colony of Aisla Craig. The island had a cloudcap. Or is it birds?? No, kidding.  :) Weather was perfect for the moment.  At half past 8 we headed back to the hotel for breakfast.

We met again 10.00.  Those served breakfasts are very timeconsuming.  And the fried egg is very shiny. Think they are bathed in oil. Next time I´ll have a boiled egg instead.

This time we went across the penisula to the Machrihanish Seabird Obervatory. A lot of gannets were fishing in the wild water there, I had a lot of fun catching them with my camera. It started to rain and the wind increased. That was not fun. There were also some seals laying around. And some cool sheeps with "black striped socks".

big sign

When we left that place people started to look for terns from the car. For some reason I was not aware that they were looking for a Roseate Tern (rosentärna) at Machrihanish as I was busy with the Gannets. I thought they were only looking at Kentsk tern. When they stoped at a small beach I started to look around to see if there was something great in visible range. When I turned back to the car everybody was gone. They just disappeared. And the car was wide open, not locked, so I did not dare leave it to try to find them. And later I realised they were all hidden behind a big sign. :(   So, I missed that one bird. Nothing to do about that now.

Gannet diving


We had lunch at Kintyres southern point where the gannets passes by heading for their own lunch. Thousends of them in plough formation. No wonder why they sometimes  are called seagoose. Before turning uphill we made another stop to enjoy the birds and the shore. There were some Oystercatchers here as well.

Next place was Mull of Kintyre that normaly has a gorgeous view. But not today with rain and mist. We did not stay long as there was nothing to see that day. We turned back the way we came. A narrow one lane road crossing the hills. The weather cleared up a bit as we got closer to the shore again so we made a short photo stop and enjoyed the view over Southend, Sanda Island and Aisla Craig. Below us flew one flock after another with gannets and some Manx Shearwaters and a few shags.


The whole day was cold. And mostly rainy. Getting back to the hotel was a relief. Heating up the room to get warm. Checked the email and taking a shower. Dinner served at  19.15. I took Vermilon.(hjort).

Coffee and liqour and then to bed. Well  after checking todays shots of course.

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Stinking hole
Davarr Island
Aisla Craig m havssulor
Machrihanish Seabird Obervatory
Sothend and Sanda Island
Mull of Kintyre
120629-30 Craigard House Hotel, Campbeltown http://www.craigard-house.co.uk/
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  1. Looks like a wonderful place and wonderful day! Thanks for sharing it all with us today!! Hope you have a great week!

  2. Great post about a beautiful place!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  3. Thanks for sharing so much information about this wonderful spot! Fun post!

  4. Looks like an awesome place to bird. I love seeing the gannets dive into the water. Sorry you missed the Tern. Hope you have another chance to see it. Thanks for sharing, happy birding.

  5. What wonderful piece of the world. Thank you for this journey.

    Please have a good Tuesday.

    daily athens photo

  6. What wonderful piece of the world. Thank you for this journey.

    Please have a good Tuesday.

    daily athens photo

  7. The scenery looks spectacular.

  8. What gorgeous scenery!

  9. wow - the island with the cloud hat on! and the last photo is incredible view, well-captured.....


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