Sea kayak and Sea Eagle (White Tailed Eagles)

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Eagles are one of the wildlife highlights of sea kayak trips. They can be seen around Arisaig and across much of the West coast of Scotland.

I drove down to Ardtoe today to have a little explore around Kentra bay. This is a top little spot for sea kayaking but I don’t come here very often due to the winding single track roads that lead here.

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It is definitely worth the drive though as the woods and coastline around the bay are very wild and home to lots of wildlife:

After putting on at the small beach at Ardtoe I headed into the mouth of Kentra bay and paddled up to Eilean Dubh just west of the jetty. Paddling through the little gap between the islands I suddenly became aware of a very large bird just metres away. I quickly grabbed for my camera thinking the Eagle would fly off straight away but it remained motionless. I soon realised that it had other things on its mind; it was watching an otter feed on the carcass of a dead bird (bottom right in the photo above), waiting for it’s moment to steal the food.

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After a couple of minutes I edged away slowly not wanting to disturb the scene, but the otter heard me and dashed into the sea and the Eagle took to the air. I watched the otter swim away around the back of the island. I then paddled away from the island and turned my camera up to the eagle which circled the island before flying down to grab the carcass of the bird:

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Once the Eagle had it’s meal it flew off to the trees, well out of the way of the Otters. I was still sat there in my kayak next to the islands without another person in sight. As I carried on to explore the bay I watched the Eagle fly over a couple of times each time stopping and staring at the sheer magnificence of these birds. Despite seeing a lot of Sea Eagles they never fail to impress, seeing one of these up close is definitely one of the highlights of the sea kayaking world.