Indian Summer

Our pal Wallace was due to arrive on Saturday 3rd, the second week in October is when the Red Deer Rut generally really kicks off on Rona. So, since the middle of September I have one eye on the hills around looking for wandering stags. They tend to keep a low profile apart from an area in the South of Rona where they hang out, but during the rut they can pop up anywhere and when the rut starts proper, it is always the most interesting time for deer and deer management on Rona. The weather has improved immensely and the deer have been keeping to the higher hills, this small group of hinds have been up here for most of the month. So far this week it has been an Indian Summer for sure.

Still Looking for Stags

Still Looking for Stags

It is a great time of the year to get up at first light (not too early) and head out. It is quieter now with very few yachties and the season is changing, so a quick trip South or North depending on the wind can usually give me an idea of what deer we have.

Found One

Found One

I came round the corner just 300 yards down the South path and here was this guy standing just off the road, I don’t know who got the biggest surprise. I knew the stag but had not seen him since last October.

The Black House

The Black House

The stag above was Wednesday morning and with a pretty full day ahead I had a quick look around then got ready for a Portree trip. I had a few tings to do, get to the bank, see the architects, visit a few houses they had built, stay overnight then pick up sheep in the morning. It was so good to have some settled weather at last and an enjoyable run out to Carbost and then Fiskavaig to see the ‘Black House’.

First Thing

First Thing

It was a beautiful morning in Portree, Caley was bang on time with my 6 new gimmers bought from Valtos on Skye. We got them aboard before 8am and after a wee wait for the daily papers I was on my way back.

New Stock

New Stock

The light at this time of the year is so good it is not difficult to find something to photograph.

Then The Sun Got Up

Then The Sun Got Up

I got home mid morning and not wanting to let the sheep go right onto  the pier, we had to take them singly up to the park. If I had let them off the boat who knows where they would have gone. Not very conventional and maybe it is about time I got a sheepdog.

No Escape

No Escape

Mostly they were very happy to pull me up to the park. Once in the field they were settled and feeding away quite quietly.

Walkies

Walkies

Saturday came, we had the changeover but only with Wallace coming. Squirrel our old ferryman who was on the MV Stardust had taken a trip out on MV Aspire with some American friends who took off on a video tour of the harbour.

Squirrel's Pals

Squirrel’s Pals

20 minutes later they were off skirting round an overnight yacht visitor up from Inverinate who was on the mooring. A late visitor who had been trying to get to Rona all summer but the weather had not been too clever.

Late Yachties

Late Yachties

They left around mid day and late on Kenny, Brian and Henry from Shieldaig arrived on their Yacht Sula for an overnight visit.

The Last Yacht?

The Last Yacht?

Myself and Wallace took a toodle up to the Applenet mast and had a spy for deer, we saw quite a few deer around and were quite confident of seeing more the next day.

Wallace, Just Looking

Wallace, Just Looking

I took Wallace up North on Sunday morning as the wind was out of the South, I dropped him off and he walked back to the Lodge to get an idea of deer on the ground ready for the weeks stalking ahead.

A Bit Blue

A Bit Blue

I got back to Big Harbour mid morning just in time to see Kenny and crew setting sail. it was a good chance to get some photographs of the new yacht but without my specs I could not see the settings on the Nikon camera and ended up with some very blue (cold) shots. Sometimes these cameras are too complicated.

It was a beautiful morning with not much wind but later on they found some at the top of Rona and enjoyed a pretty fast sail home.

This week it is all about the stalking and we have opened another page for that on the menu bar. The Rona Red Deer Rut 2015.

 

 

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About Bill Cowie

I've been living on the island since April 2002, alone for the first 5 years, my partner L joined me in 2007. We manage the Island for a Danish family who bought the Island in the early 90's. Their hopes for the Island are to make it self sufficient supporting its inhabitants and that is where we come in. We look after the stock, 3 holiday cottages, machinery, boat and of course the visitors. It is pretty challenging but it is a beautiful place to live and work, we love it and strangely enough we love it even more in the depths of winter when all is quiet apart from the gales and rain. We do a bit of fishing, stock work, stalking deer and loads of other stuff. We have good support from lots of people whom we have met over the years and have become involved in the Island. Too many to mention here but keep an eye on the blog, they'll be there for sure in the future.
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One Response to Indian Summer

  1. Ali Allen says:

    Hi Bill, Thought you were being lazy until I read the Rona Red Dear Rut! Fascinating stuff. Hope you are both keeping well. Ali and Clive x

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