Day 4: Sunday 7th April
The last day of the trip, With the flight back to Stansted due to leave at 8.10pm we had plenty of time left to take a drive along the road towards the Ardnamurchan lighthouse.
The weather today was much warmer, but there was still rolling mist to contend with as we drove along the narrow roads. Having left the Hotel at first light, we had to take the longer route round Loch Linnhe as the Corran Ferry was not running at this early hour.
The first bird of the morning is a Woodcock, flushed from the roadside as we approached. Red Deer were seemingly everywhere this morning either bounding across the road in front of us or feeding in roadside fields.
Further into the journey Brian spots a large raptor perched up on a mountain ridge as we approach. Pulling over and viewing through the bins reveals it to be a White-tailed Eagle. It took to the air and flew directly above us giving stunning views! It drifts away and drops down below the mountain and out of sight.
A scan from the lighthouse produced several Gannets, Divers and another year tick in the form of four Manx Shearwaters.
The return trip back towards Fort William was made more memorable by a pair of Golden Eagles thermalling high above the mountain ridges, and then dropping down below the mountain top and giving fantastic scope views. We watched them for 30 minutes before we had to reluctantly start the 100 mile drive back down to Glasgow Airport.
Another amazing Scotland trip, which added 2 more life birds, 22 year ticks and 90+ species over the course of the trip.