White Tailed Eagle

White Tailed Eagle


October 2012


Excitement abounds just had my first sighting of a pair of White Tailed Eagles, also known as Sea Eagles … majestic raptors reintroduced to Scotland since becoming extinct.

Make no mistake! these are big birds, flying barn doors. Right on the door step encircling Loch Lee and the mountain lochs, swooping silently waiting till the next meal can be snatched from the waters. Four times the size of a buzzard,  two and a half metres wing span and at over one metre high; yet patience is required to see this the UK’s largest bird.

Take a peak at this   http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/White-tailed_Eagle#p005fsb9

what do you think?

House of Mark wildlife tours don’t forget your binoc’s, camera,  yummy lunch /dinner if you wish….hope to see you soon.


 

Open Adventure

Open Adventure


August 2012


Very little sleep this week as I’ve been hosting a transition stage of the 5 days of ‘Open Adventure’ live.addidas-ar.com

The competitive race started in Stirling and ended in Stirling 620kms later. The teams made up of four people to include a least one female were from all over the world. They had to mountain bike, canoe, orienteer, or run on different stages. Teams started to arrive at House of Mark from 02.00 on Wednesday and were still arriving after 21.00, these teams being the premier teams who chose to take a harder lengthier route. A busy day!

House of Mark fed and watered the teams and helped the transition to the next stage a mere 105 kms run. The event organised by Open Adventure’s team and workaholic enthusiasts will be shown on channel 4 in the near future.
The whole race is an eye opener for any would be Mr and Mrs Fit who thinks a triathlon is easy.

Take a look here is the leading team really tired now after a few days no stop

 

What do think of First Born ?


May 9th, 2012


Before

For a number of years, I have kept Guinea Fowl, they are amazing ‘watch dogs’ making a lot of noise when strangers or predators (e.g. Mr. Fox) approach the property, especially at night when roosting in the trees. They love to roam around the garden all together mopping up the insects including midges and tics but thankfully ignoring the plants. The labs are often seen stretched out in the sunshine amongst the guineas and are protective of each other. This year for the first time I decided to try to hatch some Guinea Fowl eggs. After 28 days incubation, I returned from visiting friends to find my first keet (guinea chick), what a sweet little bundle of fluff! Panic stations, find heat lamp, box, bedding etc.  The following day two more keets!

After

Now some of you may ask are the Guineas for eating? NO WAY!!  Although delicious to eat these are my pets, they do have a rather exotic touch, not one would say beautiful – just different!


 

Number 10 has one!

Number 10 has one! (So I’m told as not been invited yet!)


May 1st, 2012


Knock Knock.. who’s there… a Lion’s head door clatterer, that should wake the dogs !!Mr. Fix-it required to attach to the front door. Ah yes, that will mean a repaint prior too… what colour? Probably black anyway come and see I want Red but as this is our new venture all is up for discussion. Let the readers decide!

Now I found this knock knock at a rather lovely localish auction in Dundee. I just love auctions, don’t you? We are refurbishing the old manse so much more to buy.


 

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