It is always good news to see eagles on a golf course.
And now, an island club has been chosen as the focus of Mull Eagle Watch this year.
Craignure Golf Course near the ferry terminal has been the home to two VIP guests in the shape of a pair of white-tailed eagles, since 2009.
22-year-old male Scalla and 23-year-old female Anna will be the draws of the attraction as Mull Eagle Watch are set to run guided tours at the location.
Part funding has been acquired from Scottish National Heritage for the Rangers from Mull and Iona Community Trust and the RSPB, who will run daily visits to catch a glimpse of the wonderful wildlife Mull has to offer.
Dave Sexton, RSPB Mull Officer, said: “Mull Eagle Watch has continuously evolved and moved around the island and has helped countless local projects over the years. This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the extinction of sea eagles in Scotland and its wonderful now to see these majestic birds back in our midst and their presence being embraced by island communities.”
Walks to visit the golden eagles at Scallastle Trail will also be on offer over the summer months as part of Mull’s five star rated VisitScotland wildlife experience.
Johnny Paton, Chairman of the Craignure Golf Club welcomed the announcement saying: “We are excited to host the prestigious Mull Eagle Watch this year and look forward to welcoming visitors to our stunning course overlooking the Sound of Mull.”
Moray Finch, General Manager of the Mull & Iona Community Trust, said: “Extending the Mull Eagle Partnership to support a local community golf club makes perfect sense and is a great example of how a social enterprise can work.”
Last year, the Mull eagle “soap opera” culminated in a long and anxious wait to watch the last sea eagle chick of season take ot the air.
Staff and visitors at the award-winning Mull Eagle Watch in Tiroran Community Forest watched as it initially only made it to a neighbouring tree branch but later was seen soaring over the forest and following her mother Iona to a favourite perch.