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Old 12 April 2011, 08:40   #81
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Not too sure what to say re petrol stations but try Birchwood Service station departing Oban for Easdale pass the traffic lights by the school - Right turn to Tesco and on around 400m. Birchwood is a Gleaner station on the left hand side just before you head out. If the fuel cans are in your boat then most petrol stations here are used to boats pulling in, Tesco no exception.

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Well it can snow but maybe the sun could also shine. Today is sunshine with very heavy cold showers. It should warm up shortly. It certainly hasn't been a balmy 23 degrees as down south.
Cologin Chalets - Jim and Linda Battison who run the chalets have registered for the event. Cologin to Easdale is an easy 20 minutes by boat. Jim can help with advice here. I am meeting Linda tomorrow so will let her know.

Fort Augustus - rather far away from our patch. If you just wish to head to Easdale either be car or RIB pleased to meet up and point you in the general direction of some excellent cruising. Our ticket office is on the square opposite the Oyster Bar

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Old 12 April 2011, 09:39   #82
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It should warm up shortly. It certainly hasn't been a balmy 23 degrees as down south.
Cologin Chalets - Jim and Linda Battison who run the chalets have registered for the event. Cologin to Easdale is an easy 20 minutes by boat. Jim can help with advice here. I am meeting Linda tomorrow so will let her know.

Fort Augustus - rather far away from our patch. If you just wish to head to Easdale either be car or RIB pleased to meet up and point you in the general direction of some excellent cruising. Our ticket office is on the square opposite the Oyster Bar

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Cold rain!!
I've been in shorts and t-shirts for two weeks now!!!

I'll give Jim and Linda a call next week to have a chat.
We'll be in the area early on Satruday so I'll drive over to say hello.
We're not doing boaty stuff every day; I'd like to go and get some good wildlife photo's. With all your local knowledge you may be able to suggest some good spots!

Thanks for organising this, it sounds like it's going to be a really good weekend! (as long as you can put up with all us southern softies!).
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Old 12 April 2011, 12:13   #83
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Cold rain!!
I've been in shorts and t-shirts for two weeks now!!!
So have we - it's only rain!

Being Serious-ish for sa moment, is there not a huge wildlife sanctuary thingy round Cairngorm? Assuming you are starting from Inverness-ish, if you come back via the A9, a night in Aviemore might get you some interesting furry / feathered things to point the camera at?
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Its the highland wildlife park, just south of Kincraig where I will be stopping with the RIB on the way south to Oban that Thursday night.

http://www.highlandwildlifepark.org/

Polar bear(s)?, tigers, snow monkeys, wolves etc.

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Thanks for the replies about the wild life photo's.
I've spent about a week so far this year sitting in hides trying to catch some snaps of otters! I was hoping to find a comfy tussock to hide behind and point my big lens at some WILD furry things rather than in a zoo... but if I get desperate I might resort to cheating ;-).
Also on the list are ospreys and puffins?

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There are otters near Easdale. Indeed when its winter and quiet the ferryman has been known to chase them out of the ferryshed in the morning.
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Cold rain!!
I've been in shorts and t-shirts for two weeks now!!!

I'll give Jim and Linda a call next week to have a chat.
We'll be in the area early on Satruday so I'll drive over to say hello.
We're not doing boaty stuff every day; I'd like to go and get some good wildlife photo's. With all your local knowledge you may be able to suggest some good spots!

Thanks for organising this, it sounds like it's going to be a really good weekend! (as long as you can put up with all us southern softies!).
Have you considered a cruise up Loch Etive? The northern end is very remote and reputed to have both golden and sea eagles.
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I'm building up an itinerary at the moment so keep the suggestions coming. It'd be mega to even catch a glimpse of a sea or golden eagle!

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You mean birds like these

If you know where to go/look then you do stand a good chance of success if you are patient. Only golden eagle today. Sea eagle sightings are generally more numerous than sea eagle sightings. Selection from Sept last year, the sea eagles one pic male, one pic female, one pic chick. Golden eagles are different birds. Before you ask, taken by one of last year's crew who had an interest in photography
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Before you ask, taken by one of last year's
crew who had an interest in photography
Superb,
Makes me think I should give up my crazy job down south, sell everything and come and live up there!

Got any crew jobs going?

See you in a few days,
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