Aedan had a Duke of Edinburgh meeting tonight, so Ciara and I had a couple of hours to kill after we’d dropped him off. I did consider going for a stroll to see if the osprey are back yet, but then there was quite a lot of hail and heavy rain and I decided not. Instead, we went for a drive along the back road at the end of the bay and parked up with a view over the whole of the marshes and estuary. It would have been a good idea to have planned this, so that I could have taken the binoculars, but I hadn’t, it was spur of the moment.
I could barely contain my excitement when we spotted a short-eared owl, quartering along one of the burns that runs into the bay. I was beside myself when we spotted the second! We watched them for an hour and half, they both came close passed the car on a couple of occasions and gave us fantastic views of their markings and amazing eyes. We think they were a pair, they had contact that, whilst it wasn’t obviously friendly, they didn’t make any real effort for one to see the other off and were at times quite close together.
I loved it! An amazing experience. But next time, I’ll go prepared.
(Some Guide Leader I am…)