Handa Island

I took Nafies and Suleman on a guided tour of the highlights of north west Scotland last week. One of the highlights was Handa Island, where we saw puffins, arctic skua, great skua, thousands of guillemots and razorbills, fulmar, kittiwake, tern etc etc. We also saw a large colony of seals and enjoyed a delightful time on the beach waiting for the ferry at the end of ther afternoon. The Great Stack of Handa is particularly impressive - a 300 foot high stack that is home to thousand upon thousand breeding pairs of sea birds.

All photos copyright John White

Lake District Mayday

A few photos from the Lake District on an unseasonal, cold and wet Mayday. It's been a tough winter for wildlife in Cumbria, and it's a tough spring as well. Snow covered the Lake District at all but the lowest levels for the last few days, and higher fells were well coated. Crag nesting birds such as Ravens and Peregrines will have been hard-hit. I managed to get a nice shot of this roe deer by the River Lowther, but no signs yet of the otters.

Is this the missing Lake District eagle?

Is this the missing Lake District eagle - photographed today from about a mile away, near Haweswater. Eagle or Buzzard?

Badger Cam - 1

Badger Cam - this is the first bit of film from our first Badger Cam of the year - a posing sheep, jackdaw and even a little badger and fox. Fine tuning is going to give us some great footage in the future as we add a deer cam as well.

Another favourite bird.....

A couple of photos of a nuthatch spotted today ratching around on some logs.

All the way from Africa....

One of my favourite little mountain birds - the wheatear - is back on the Lakeland Fells after flying all the way from Africa to spend the summer gorging on our plentiful insects. Have to say that in today's temperatures they were probably wishing they had stayed put! Photos show male wheatear and a view of Harter Fell.