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“Fantastic experience this time last year. Informative and friendly guide.”
Review of Island Encounters

Island Encounters
West London
Level 6 Contributor
225 reviews
62 attraction reviews
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“Fantastic experience this time last year. Informative and friendly guide.”
Reviewed 11 June 2013

A friend and I visited Mull at the end of June-beginning of July 2012 and went out with Richard for two days, having had him recommended by my friend's sister. As a guide, he was faultless. He knew where to go and managed to spot just about everything we set out to see: White-tailed Eagles (both days, male, female and juveniles), Golden Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Otters (both days), Deer, Hen Harriers (male and female), a Diver, the works. Richard was able to identify every bird we saw, and really brought the drive around the island to life. Even tough it tipped with rain one day, we still saw lots. As reported in another review, Richard was incredibly able when it came to sighting birds. At one point, half the party were unable to see the Golden Eagle he could see on a cliff through a scope, even though he could see it with his naked eye. Another time, a Peregrine Falcon looked like a tiny bump at the top of a cliff, but the scope revealed he was quite correct in is identification made while driving and having a quick glance up. Incredibly impressive, and really gave you confidence that if something was there, you were going to see it. The pack lunches were delicious, there were spare binoculars and plenty of patience. An absolute must. When I return, I will be seeking out this excellent guide once again. Worth every penny. Advice: with taking a tripod. I didn't think I'd have time for all that, and my 300mm lens could have done with it!! Going back with a 500mm lens and a monopod next time. Take jumpers and waterproofs. The scenery is stunning and you'll want to be in and out of the van.

Visited July 2012
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
360 reviews
47 attraction reviews
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“Worthwhile Day out with skilled driver/guide”
Reviewed 21 April 2013

It was our first visit to Mull so we wanted to gain a quick insight with a skilled guide. We had expected perhaps more hiking in the Hills to achieve this but it was in fact almost too easy. Just a ride around the Island in a comfortable minibus to certain hotspots that Richard knew would produce the sightings we wanted. Lunch was provided by Richard's wife and was of excellent quality.
Richard's eyesight matched those of Safari guides I have used on Africa. The Eagles were not the only ones with sharp senses. ONe place we braked and he said "Should have been there!" then backed up a few yards and tried again. An Otter in the weeds with just its head showing.
We were shown several White-tailed Eagles and late in the day we had a pair of Golden Eagles too, doing a changeover at their nest. All round a great day out and introduction to the splendours of Mull.
Thanks Richard.

Visited April 2013
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