Few locations in the British Isles offer bird and wildlife photographers the wealth of opportunities present on the magical Isle of Mull. Incredible scenery, close wildlife encounters and a diversity of birds and animals not to be rivalled ensure Mull resides long in the memory and deep in the heart of many wildlife photographers.
We are delighted to be one of the only operators offering dedicated wildlife and bird photography workshops and tours of Mull, and now in our fifth year.
Key reasons to choose ebirder:
- Two Eagle trips including a private charter
- Private charter to Lunga to photograph Puffins
- Maximum of four photographers (most operators have at least 6!)
- Operating photography workshops to Mull for over 5 years
- Fully equipped farmhouse accommodation with private bedrooms, two lounges & large dining kitchen
Arrival evening before day one
- Optional early start to photograph Waders and Otters
- White Tailed Eagle boat trip
- Evening Owls and Harriers
There is an optional early start on our first full day as we head to a spot favoured by Otters. A family of three Otters frequented this site in 2010 and 2013. We may also photograph waders in the Glenmore area such as Golden Plover, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher and Curlew. After breakfast we will head to Ulva for the first of our two boat trips to photograph White Tailed Eagles. This additional trip was new for 2013, as based on feedback from previous years one trip is not enough for this apex predator. We will be on the public charter on our first day to help prepare for our exclusive charter later in the week. On the 2012 trips we also saw Otter, Great Northern Diver, Red Throated Diver, Black Guillemot, Raven and Hen Harrier from the boat. There will be some time to download images before dinner. After dinner, we will use the evening light to look for Owls and Harriers for those that have the energy!
- Optional early start to photograph Otters
- White Tailed Eagle private charter
- Evening Cuckoos and Owls
Another optional early start to make use of the early morning light. After breakfast we return to Ulva and to a private boat charter to view the White Tailed Eagles. We will use the skills learned on day one to achieve the optimum shots of these amazing creatures. This is a private charter and only ebirder clients will be on the boat. We also have the opportunity to schedule this trip during the early hours to maximise light – this will depend on recent Eagle activity. After dinner we will head out to sites favoured by Owls and Cuckoo.
- Trip to Iona to photograph Corncrakes and look at the ancient monastery
After an early breakfast we will head from Ffionphort to look for Corncrakes on the fabulous island of Iona. Iona is a tiny island of typically Hebridean beauty. It holds a unique place in the story of Scotland and kindles the imagination of thousands who journey there each year. In 2008 we were lucky enough to photograph a ‘rasping’ male that showed very well – and again in 2012 we saw another three/four birds. We will head to the best places for views and with luck may get a chance for a photograph. Though not always guaranteed with these elusive birds we will give it our best attempt.After the Corncrake we will visit some of the remote beaches and bays in the South West. In some years we have seen spectacular numbers of waders – one of the bonuses bad weather can bring. The evening can be spent relaxing after a long day in the field or photographing landscapes in the area surrounding our accommodation.
- Private charter to the Treshnish Isles
Day four is all about Puffins as we set sail with Mull Charters for the Treshnish Isles; to Lunga and the friendliest Puffins we have ever found. We will look at how to get some truly memorable ‘picture postcard’ shots of these quizzical creatures. Manx Shearwater and Skuas were a highlight of the 2010 trip along with large flocks of Artic Terns. Redpoll and Twite can be among the confiding passerines on Lunga, although it can be hard not to become too distracted by the Puffins. On the crossing we should also see Fulmar, Shag and Kittiwake. We will also keep our eyes out for Minke Whales and other Cetaceans which are occasionally seen.Again this is an exclusive private charter. This means there will be just our group and around 4000 puffins on a secluded island. Puffin therapy!
- Optional early start to revisit favourite sites
The final morning will be spent revisiting our favourite and most productive sites from the week and making sure we use the last of our time to get any shots needed. Snipe, Golden Plover, Eider and Curlew are all on offer as we travel around the island before saying our goodbyes. Processing advice will be available on Friday afternoon and after the tour to ensure you make the most of your images.
Come and join our bird and wildlife photography tour of Mull.