03.09.2011 - 03.09.2011 16 °C
The agenda for today was a small walk starting (and ending) at the front gate. We weren't aiming for anything ambitious as I was still tired after the travel.
The destination was a small ben (hill) called Laimiasdair (don't ask me how to pronounce it). It only takes about 10 minutes or so to climb it from the base. A bit longer if you stop to look at the views and investigate various stone constructions. We decided to descend off the other side to make a round trip and as we did I spotted a couple of birds of prey that turned out to be Golden Eagles. They soar on the currents with wingtips spread like fingers. Magnificent birds. Later we found a gull that had been recently killed and wondered if we had disturbed the eagles - the gull had a couple of puncture marks in its body which could have been caused by the talons of the eagle.
The coastline here is magnificent. Similar to Banks Peninsula with many rocky inlets. I spotted a seal in a churning sea so I ended up with quite a good wildlife count - 2 golden eagles, a pair of crows or ravens, a seal, and a couple of peregrine along with some more common place birds like various gulls.