I sat in a hide this morning at about 6.15am and the red squirrel I was waiting for never showed. Thankfully I did the same yesterday morning and I got some photos of one that did, but don’t have the software or processing power with me to edit them properly. I did however take some…
Yesterday we went up to the southern shore of the Moray Firth and found this female long tailed duck. I took some photos which will come later and some video, which I’ve put together into this video in iMovie: long tailed duck from Neil Phillips on Vimeo.
Another pic from yesterday, a goldcrest on the floor.
A photo from today. Terrible light but I got my best ever shot of a crested tit.
As well as a capercaillie, I managed to see ptarmigan a couple of times (see link below). I came across a pair on Cairngorm.
Back in March I was lucky enough to see a capercaillie that posed for photos. I got some photos of the capercaillie in the woods too.
A few photos I took of red grouse on my way home from the Cairngorms back in March, the route for which just so happened to take us through a good spot for them.
Some pics from the Cairngorms now. Most people stick to the grouse and other highland specialties when in the the Cairngorms but I can’t resist a good toad photograph and at this loch there were 100s! They were in the water and on the paths. There were a few mating pairs. I I couldn’t resist…
Driving to Glen Shee, we passed plenty of red grouse and we stopped to photograph an number of those in photographic postions. I managed to get one making that fantastic call. A few were wandering around the ski resort car park. We also passed a golden plover, which I managed one ok photo of.
One of the species I wanted to see in Scotland was ptarmigan. These are a bird of mountain tops in the UK and it usually it would have involved walking through snow to get them in March, but the record warm weather meant there was little snow about so easier walking. Unfortunately it also meant…