Sunshine on a rainy day

After a week sat in front of the computer it was good to get out on Friday for a ‘field meeting’ at the Coigach Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve north of Ullapool. The weather forecast was pretty poor and photography wasn’t the real purpose for the visit but I took my kit as usual – you never know when an opportunity may arise. Rain and grey clouds were a constant companion as I headed north but on arriving at Achduart near Achiltibuie dramatic ‘god rays’ pierced through the storm clouds that hovered menacingly over Loch Broom. I quickly grabbed the camera and 24-105mm lens and began to shoot a number of images. The sun continued to break through the clouds for the next half hour or so painting a continually changing picture over the dramatic Dundonnell skyline. A fantastic sighting of an immature golden eagle further lifted the spirits, its huge size made obvious by the ‘sparrow-sized’ ravens that mobbed it as it soared high and out of view over Ben More Coigach. The rain and heavy grey clouds returned soon after but I was more than happy.

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