Our love of Scotland has this time brought us onto the Kintyre peninsula , to a lovely little cottage just outside Campbeltown. To be fair we had great weather a few months back last time in Scotland with 8 days of sunshine , and this week has been totally the opposite with rain every day and just small amounts of sunshine . It hasn't stopped us though just had to be in the right place when the sun did appear. One of the reasons for visiting this area was to visit the seabird observatory at Machrihanish.
It is manned daily from March to October by warden Eddie Maguire and what a guy. A mind of information and one of the friendliest persons you could ever wish to meet. The observatory is approximately 6 miles to the west of Campbeltown, just find Machrihanish village and look for the flag . Once inside its like an Aladdin's cave for birdwatchers everything including the kitchen sink . Now I thought I was fairly quick with my camera this guy saw three Knot flyby rattled three shots off and was looking at the images on the back of his camera before I had them in my sights , and all this while he was eating a piece of toast. The history of the place and the references to bird sightings and Eddies images on the wall are a must visit place for any birdwatchers in the area. Some images below from in and around the observatory.
Thanks Eddie for brightening up a rather grey week, keep up the work your doing my friend and get that revised book done see you next year.
Birds seen from the MSBO during our visits.
Red Breasted Merganser.
Northern and Greenland Wheatear.