We have kept out a mammal raft over winter to monitor use of our many ditches on the reserves. This is a non-intrusive method using the animals own natural curiosity - the floating raft has a tunnel with a tray inside with a clay top; any animals walking through will leave their footprints behind for us to check and id. We use our trail camera's alongside this. We have had many animals appear along the banking (geese, hare, deer) but so far only one has used the tunnel - a young moorhen. Our territorial otters have been very keen on this new marking post we have provided! I don't seem to be able to upload videos, but here are a couple of grainy pictures of the otter - always lovely to see whatever the picture quality!
A few photo's from the Oa cliffs today. Feral goats looking for the best bites.
This shag is obviously feeling that spring is in the air
and the sea below was frothed up into a pure white paste.
..... local resident David Livingstone was out walking on the reserve and captured these artistic shots of grappling eagles.
The larger bird is a sea eagle, presumably the same young bird as below, being driven off the territory by a resident golden eagle. Many thanks to David for letting us use his pictures.