Fear not, readers of this blog, I have not abandoned it though I am guilty of neglect. Since Mull, I have visited a few of my favourite haunts, such as RSPB Otmoor and even Upton Warren, where a hen harrier continued with my usual form with them, and, after giving everyone else fine views, decided to hunt elsewhere when I arrived!
I saw some short-eared owls in Worcestershire at the end of the winter, but their hunting grounds were far more extensive than at other sites, so images taken in flight were generally more distant. I did have some luck with one perching up, but nothing like those from Northants, Lincs or the Cotswolds. Maybe next year...
Otmoor did give me a fleeting glimpse of a bittern though, which was good to see after Upton Warren's lack of them of late.
And on one trip I managed to see a purple heron. It's always memorable to see something new, and we had some fine views as it flew across the marshes.
On my first outing it was a group of peregrine falcons, and one female circled pretty close overhead, lit up in the late afternoon sunshine. That was a glorious sight.
Followers of me on Social Media will know that I am running several tours in Mull next year, as well as a number of day tours in the Scottish Highlands, during the winter. I hope to be able to add to this blog as I do these, maybe to keep it more up to date!