anthony galvin


Short climbs. Rough roads. 

#cycling #scotland #coigach #achiltibuie #polbain

2014-05-12 09:18:49 GMT permalink

46 species of birds, we spotted in a week in the highlands

In no particular order:

  1. Linnet
  2. Rook
  3. Merganser
  4. Wren
  5. Dunlin
  6. Heron
  7. Collared Dove
  8. Wood Pigeon
  9. Greenfinch
  10. Sand Martin
  11. Swallow
  12. Osprey
  13. Buzzard
  14. Guillemot
  15. Cuckoo
  16. Cormorant
  17. Thrush
  18. Chaffinch
  19. Razorbill
  20. Oystercatcher
  21. Great Black Backed Gull
  22. Herring Gull
  23. Kittiwake
  24. Stint
  25. Sanderling
  26. Greylag Goose (with goslings)
  27. Robin
  28. Pied Wagtail
  29. Siskin
  30. Sparrow
  31. Willow Warbler
  32. Chifchaff
  33. Blackbird
  34. Mallard (with ducklings)
  35. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  36. Great Tit
  37. Blue Tit
  38. Coal Tit
  39. Wheatear
  40. Skua
  41. Shore Lark
  42. Sky Lark
  43. Plover
  44. Starling
  45. Meadow Pipit
  46. Great Crested Diver

#birds #holiday #list #scotland #wild #polbain

2012-07-14 19:59:00 GMT permalink

Land, Sea, Sky

Two years on and we went back to one of my favourite wild places. Achiltibuie, Coigach. The effect of the weather on the landscape, and the landscape and weather on the history of the people of these small string like villages is clear.

But when the sun shines and you have time to sit, relax and observe it is a landscape with power and beauty that slowly reveals itself; the abundance of bird life and wild flowers, the way the light changes and plays on the hills of the nearby Torridon mountains, the persistent call of the cuckoo and the sudden appearance of a young deer.

We will be back.

#achiltibuie #holiday #landscape #mountains #photo #polbain #scotland #wilderness

2012-06-26 21:18:00 GMT permalink