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.
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