An almost endless list of birds of prey - osprey, hen harrier,
goshawk, sparrowhawk, buzzard, kestrel, merlin, peregrine
falcon, rough legged buzzard, honey buzzard and red kite -
means theres an excellent chance of witnessing some
of these beautiful hunting birds in action. This is one of
the best places in the world to see the mighty golden eagle,
as well as the even bigger and rarer white tailed sea eagle,
which has also made a dramatic return to its former haunts
in the Hebrides.
lochs, hundreds of miles of sea cliffs and thousands of islands
and islets are home to puffins and vast numbers of seabirds.
The elusive and mythical corncrake can be heard and sometimes
seen on low lying west coast islands. All three members of
the diver or loon family breed here showing their fabulous
summer breeding plumage.
Look out for Scotlands Monarch
of the Glen the majestic red deer, Britains
largest land mammal. Keep an eye open also for the pine
marten and Scottish wildcat. Anytime of year will produce
terrific opportunities to see and perhaps photograph
these magnificent animals.
Spectacular sunsets and an ocean
that seems to go on forever is home to seals, otters,
basking sharks and numerous species of whales and dolphins.
area is just as interesting in the autumn and winter
with mountain hares, ptarmigan and stoats
in their beautiful white winter plumage. Golden
eagles, sea eagles, and literally thousands of wild
geese are resident during the winter months as are
millions of smaller birds migrating to winter here
from the harsher weather in the arctic, such as
the snow bunting, waxwing, brambling, redwing and
fieldfare. The estuaries and shorelines also attract
huge numbers of waders and wild fowl.