1 EAGLETON NOTES: A Parting Gift

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Monday, 20 August 2012

A Parting Gift

Yesterday around 1100 hrs I suddenly noticed that there was a pod of orcas out in the Minch around the mouth of the Bay about ¾ mile (1.2 km) from the house. Unfortunately the sun was not out and it was quite dull (the sun came out about 30 minutes after the orcas had departed).  A bit of sun would have made photography much easier.  Ho hum.  At least we saw the orcas.  It was a wonderful parting gift from the Island to CJ and Jo.









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    1. Yes Adrian it was quite a sight. Last year when I wasn't here they chased some seals into the Bay and slaughtered them turning the Bay red with the blood. Some people were upset but that's nature. I was upset too. I missed a wonderful photo opportunity.

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  2. Those are gorgeous creatures, and you have them right in your backyard so to speak....be very thankful for that.
    Looks like a final salute or adieu to CJ and Jo to wish them safe travels. Animals are very instinctive.
    A lovely parting gift indeed.

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    1. We don't see sharks, dolphins and whales very often but when we do it's very special. I was out in a 16' clinker once when a Basking Shark paid us a visit. they may be plankton eaters but they are the second largest living fish and larger than the boat so a playful rub was a potential disaster.

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  3. "A pod of orcas" sounds like a terrible disease. Which shows how much I know about wildlife in your part of the world...

    Are you feeling better, GB? I do hope so.

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    1. Well you certainly wouldn't want a pod of orcas on your left foot without a good fungicide handy. I'm good thank you Frances. These things are always momentary.

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    2. I think I was thinking of a fit of the vapours (but people don't have those any more...). Glad you're feeling better.

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    1. Yes, Meike, a very special one

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  5. What a salute! (I had to use Wikipedia as dictionary again, as so often with "living things"...)

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    1. It couldn't have been a better salute Monica.

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  6. OH, OH, OH!!!! How lucky are you all!!! Wow, I would have been jumping up and down for the next hour or so! Absolutely beautiful! So jealous, but happy that you three got to see them. Almost the same thing. :)

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    1. We were jumping up and down for the next hour Lisa.

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    1. As far as I can tell from the largest I can blow that and other photos up (it was 3/4 mile away after all) the wing and flying style would seem to indicate that it's a Black Backed Gull rather than an Bonxie.

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  8. Wowee! And a basking shark encounter sounds wonderful too!

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    1. It was in a way, Katherine, but it was much bigger than the boat and having it rub against the boat was very scary. One rub too friendly and we'd have been capsized. We were a long way from land and a Lewis fisherman having a lifejacket the 1970s would have been considered unmanly in the extreme.

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