Saturday, 31 May 2008

Edinburgh - Ullapool

(28/05/08) An early start again, dipping Temminck's Stint in the rain at Musselburgh wasn't preferably the best start to the day. Then we went and picked up Pierre from the airport again....once we had discovered there were at least 4 different Costa Coffees in the airport....

We began our journey North, with nothing really worth of note, there were no Slav Grebes breeding at a site this year, but on a breif visit to Lochindorb on our way through. Still raining heavily throughout, a reaonable excuse not to get out the car. But we did manage to tick off a distant summer plumaged Black-throated Diver, a fishing Osprey and Red Grouse...hey at least it was something for the trip list.

Continuing further North we got to Ullapool in good time...BORING!! A brief search around the area got us Fulmar, Grey Seal, Black Guillemot, Shag. But nothing to really get any of us excited.

Eventually boarding the trip began, and after continuous briefings and safety chacks, followed by tea, we bwere well on our way. Bonxies were the only half-decent thing i saw before i went below deck for the night.

The mainland from the boat heading out into the 'Minche?' from the boat. (c) Ashley Howe

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