Eagle watching is becoming ever popular these days which doesn't necessary mean the birds are easier to see! This was the car park at Coignafearn last week when I visited with a group of guests from the BWWC at the Grant Arms Hotel. On arrival it seemed nothing was in view, scopes pointing in all directions and lunches being devoured.
A quick scan of the key ridges soon picked up two Golden Eagles soaring together, what looked like a pair of immature birds as one an obviously very big female.
Our excitement was soon picked up on by another visiting group who raced to get their scopes on the birds too. The two birds were soon joined by a third and we had the three soaring together for sometime, as well as a fly over by a nice female Peregrine. Eagle activity continued on and off for an hour at least, as they flushed coveys of Red Grouse from the hillsides, hopefully not too close to the shooting parties out on the hills that day!
We stayed for three hours and patience paid off, we spotted two very large birds circling high......in the scopes the bright white tails catching the sun, White-tailed Eagles!
There were as many as 7 Buzzards in the sky at a time also, several shouts of Eagles pointed to these birds, I am sure many go away happy with seeing an "tourist eagle" sometimes ;)
It's one of my favourite places to be, and is always included in tours and trips......with Red Deer Stags on the skyline, mountain hare on the Heather clad slopes, salmon spawning in the river and Eagles soaring overhead this is truely Scotland. You could be no where else!