FAUNA

 

 

To visit the Fauna Galleries please click on any of these links:

 

 

 

 

White-tailed Eagle

Golden Eagle

European Otter

Basking Shark

Picture of an adult male Sea Eagle diving for prey.

©Barry Turner 2015

  • Haliaeetus albicilla

 

This impressive raptor is a comparatively recent re-introduction to Scotland after its earlier extinction at the hands on Man.

Now firmly established on Rhum, Mull and other Highland locations, the White-tailed Eagle still draws visitors from all over the world and is, indeed, a spectacular bird.

There are opportunities on Mull in the summer season to see these huge raptors close up via Mull Charters who specialise in Sea Eagle trips.

Photograph of a Golden Eagle.

©Barry Turner 2008

  • Aquila chrysaetos

 

The Golden Eagle always been present on Mull and attracts ornithologists all year round.

Not as easily seen as the White-tail, the Golden Eagle is nevertheless a spectacular raptor with supremely effective eyesight.

Difficult to photograph, it can occasionally appear in the sky very close to you, often when you don't have a camera in your hand! The Eagle pictured is a captive one.

There really is only on word to use when sighting one of these birds flying above you. Awesome.

  • Lutra lutra

This most loved and delightfully entertaining wild animal is found on Mull. Otters too can appear when you least expect to see them. They can also vanish from sight in an instant leaving absolutely no trace and blend into their environment so well that are very difficult to spot at all. Ironically, Otters can sometimes play and hunt in plain sight and appear to be oblivious to the enchanted onlookers watching them.

 

In recent years there has been a lot of concern and discussion over the effects of disturbance on Otters by over-enthusiastic watchers and the frequency with which these animals meet an untimely end on the island's roads.

Photograph of a young otter ashore on the Isle of Mull.

©Barry Turner 2010

Picture of a life sized carving of a Basking Shark at Calgary Art in Nature, Mull.
  • Cetorhinus maximus

The second-largest fish in our world, the Basking Shark is a frequent visitor to the waters around Mull, following the blooms of plankton it feeds upon.

 

A huge gaping mouth allows specialised gill rakers to extract plankton from the thousands of gallons of sea water that pass over them.

 

Now protected in UK waters, Basking Sharks are still hunted for their oil elsewhere in the world. They return frequently to the waters around Mull and make for a spectacular sight. Basking Sharks can be seen from the shore but are probably best viewed from a charter boat. They are still classed as a vulnerable and threatened species.

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