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Loch Lee and a Golden Eagle

Loch Lee and a Golden Eagle


Postby KatTai » Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:48 pm

Date walked: 03/01/2018

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 14 km

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I was going to head north, but the Cairn o' Mount snow gates were still closed when I checked so I had to replan and decided to head to Loch Lee. I haven't been there for ages despite living close by. Turned out to be a good choice, while not the most exciting walk-wise following the track alongside the loch and further up the glen we were overtaken by a golden eagle! Unfortunately I had the wrong lens on my camera (wide angle), so there was a bit of cursing as I quickly switched lens but by this point the eagle had disappeared landing somewhere amongst some trees. The eagle though was a bit forgiving of the lens error, as we continued along the track he took to the sky again and flew right overhead!

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We turned and headed back not long afterwards, spotting the eagle again circling a nearby hill on the way.
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Re: Loch Lee and a Golden Eagle

Postby Mal Grey » Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:08 pm

Fabulous!

Looks big enough to make the dogs nervous!!! :lol:
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Re: Loch Lee and a Golden Eagle

Postby past my sell by date » Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:13 pm

Great Eagle photos :clap: :clap: . People say that they're difficult to distinguish from buzzards, but i've never seen all the individual primaries like that on a buzzard. Loch Lee is a bit of a hidden gem. We finished the Cross Scotland walk this way a few years ago: starting the day camped by the the Mounth road we descended the wonderfully named "Shank of Inchgrundl" to Glen Lee and then Glen Mark in bright sunshine :D
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Re: Loch Lee and a Golden Eagle

Postby KatTai » Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:28 pm

Mal Grey wrote:Fabulous!

Looks big enough to make the dogs nervous!!! :lol:


Moss never even noticed it, I was watching it circling the hill and she was looking up to try and see what I had spotted but birds don't interest her :lol:

past my sell by date wrote:Great Eagle photos :clap: :clap: . People say that they're difficult to distinguish from buzzards, but i've never seen all the individual primaries like that on a buzzard. Loch Lee is a bit of a hidden gem. We finished the Cross Scotland walk this way a few years ago: starting the day camped by the the Mounth road we descended the wonderfully named "Shank of Inchgrundl" to Glen Lee and then Glen Mark in bright sunshine :D


Yes, there was no doubt when I saw him flying past us the size alone gave it away! At a distance it's more difficult, but not when they are that close :lol: I should go up more often, maybe I will given this is the second time I've seen a Golden Eagle up that way!
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Re: Loch Lee and a Golden Eagle

Postby tigerburnie » Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:06 pm

A favourite haunt of mine, I too have pictures of this bird, I do hope it and it's partner are allowed to flourish in relative peace.
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