26th of August 2012.
The Isles of Eigg & Muck - West of Scotland.
A trip today aboard the “Shearwater” from Arisaig to the Isles of Eigg and Muck. The excursion was only five minutes away from the jetty when we were passing rocks with many common seals on basking in the sunshine. The rocks also had great numbers of Cormorants on along with Great Black Backed Gulls and Hooded Crows.
As we got out in to open water we were met with the sight of hundreds of Manx Shearwaters skimming the sea. Not to be outdone, there were many Gannets diving from upon high for fish. Razorbills were seen too, however not many. With the highest population of Manx Shearwaters burrowed at night on the Isle of Rum, it was not too much of a surprise to see so many of these fabulous birds.
The real stars of the voyage were two Minke Whales just off our starboard side, sadly the record shots all turned out to be outstanding pictures of waves!
First port of call was the Isle of Eigg where half of the passengers disembarked for their time on the island. We then carried on to the Isle of Muck to explore this small Hebridean Island.
The birds seen were Gannet, Manx Shearwater, Razorbill, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Great Black Backed Gull, Kittiwake, Herring Gull, Common Scoter, Common Tern, Mallard, Meadow Pipit, Grey Heron, Hooded Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Wood Pigeon, Greylag, Pied Wagtail, Swallow, House Martin, Starling and Tree Sparrow.
The Island also had great numbers of Common Seals.
There is currently a project on Muck to try and encourage Corncrakes to breed. There are special areas set aside for this and I will be following the reports in future. Between August and September the Corncrakes leave Scotland for the center or south of Africa, as I spent quite a while in these areas, I made the asumption that the birds have since flown?