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Just some of the stunning scenery on the Isle of Mull, home to a diverse array of wildlife and plants - Madelaine Stannard (@maddie_stannard_wild)
A sighting of a white-tailed eagle is undeniable, with their impressive wingspan of eight feet! The pale head of these birds, as well as the aptly named tail that is white in colouration, helps you distinguish them from their counterparts, the golden eagles.
Although smaller than the white-tailed, golden eagles are equally impressive - where their larger cousins have a pale head, golden eagles are distinctively golden, but just as stunning to observe. You are more likely to see these birds over open moorland and mountain ranges, and their feathered wingtips make them very easily distinguishable from other birds of prey on the island.
These are probably the most common species you will see if you take a boat trip in the Inner Hebrides during the summer months, although the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust often reports sightings of bottlenose, Risso’s dolphins and Atlantic white-sided dolphins too. But, agile and performative, common dolphins appear in pods so numerous they can be hard to count. On my last trip to the island, we were lucky enough to watch them breach and clear the water in Loch Scridain, all from the comfort of our cottage window.
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