On the way up to Edinburgh on the first morning , I started making a list of what I would like to see . Golden and White-tailed Eagles , Dipper , Scottish Crossbill , Crested Tit and Ptarmigan , all came to mind . Before going any further , I didn't see any of them , except a dead specimen of one species . As I said , time was hard to find , but with reasonable weather , for Scotland , a snatched hour before breakfast or after dinner , using breaks in the journey to see what was about , and keeping an eye on the sky whilst travelling , produced 57 species , the pick of them being Red Kite , Tree Pipit , Shag and Red-throated Diver . The Diver appeared whilst chatting to a local birder , who had a Golden Eagle high overhead earlier in the day . Many were whilst moving so pictures were few and far between , but here are a few that I did manage to get .
and Great Black-backed Gull , both in the harbour at Malliag .
A few mammals were also found ,
And finally , some inanimate creatures I found on one of my after dinner walks , some might even describe as wooden ,
All in all , an enjoyable trip , even tried proper Porridge and Haggis , and survived to tell the tale .