White Tailed Eagle (also called the Sea Eagle)

We are fortunate to have a pair that nest on the sea cliffs that we journey out to. They are resident throughout the year and have successfully reared two chicks in 2013 and again in 2014. Hopefully they will continue to breed successfully in 2015.

Wingspan : Up to 2.5 metres - Largest bird of prey in the United kingdom.
Range : Was extinct in Britain until 1968 - currently expanding
Threats : Illegal persecution, egg theft, poisoning. Breeding success strongly influenced by weather conditions.
Diet : Prefers fish - varied - opportunistic - seasonal - Scavengers. We mainly feed them Mackerel and Pollock.
Weight : Male up to 4.1 kg - female up to 5.5 kg
Lifespan : Up to 25 years - Mate for life but will take another partner when one dies.

 

Short-Beaked Common Dolphin

Length : Up to 2.7 metres.
Range : Temperate and Tropical waters worldwide.
Threats : Accidental capture in fishing gear, pollution.
Diet : Variety of fish and squid.
Lifespan : Up to 30 years
Weight : Up to 150 kg
When we see them : Summer visitors  - May to October

In Hebridean waters common dolphins are usually seen in groups, often 10 to 30 individuals, sometimes these smaller groups gather in much larger pods of several hundred individuals.

Common Dolphins exhibit interest in boats and will often ride our bow wave offering us fantastic views of these wonderful animals. 

for more information and to report sightings see www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk.

Bottlenose Dolphin

Length : Up to 3.8 metres.
Range : Temperate and tropical seas worldwide. We are At their north most range
Threats : Habitat degradation - accidental capture in fishing nets - bioaccumulation of chemical contaminants.
Diet : A variety of fish, squid, cuttlefish, and crustaceans.
Lifespan : Up to 30 years.
Weight : Up to 400 kg.
When we see them : Possible throughout the year. Research suggests a Hebridean population of around 50 animals in small groups of 3 to 10 individuals.

For more information and to report sightings see www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk.

Basking Shark

Length : Up to 11 metres.
Range : Widely distributed in cold to temperate waters.
Threats : marine litter, entanglement in fishing gear, pollution, boat strikes, hunting.
Diet : Plankton.
Weight : Up to 4500 kg. World's second largest fish.
Lifespan : Up to 50 years.
When we see them : Summer visitors - May to October

Basking sharks seasonal distribution is related to prey availability with higher numbers see around the islands of Coll, Tiree and mull. 2014 was poor year for sightings around Skye, whereas in 2013 there were a large number of reports.

For more information and to report sightings see www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk.

Common Seabirds