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Tiree in June

I had visited Tiree a couple of times before on day trips on the ferry from Oban and  had quickly found that a few hours stop off on the island was just not enough time to get pictures of the Red-shanked Carder Bumblebee that I wanted. In Scotland its distribution is restricted to Tiree and the neighbouring Isle of Coll. Otherwise it is only found on the South Wales coast and in the southern counties of England where it is in decline. This year we decided to rent a cottage on the island. Bumblebees aside the island’s birds did not disappoint. What was lacking in the range of species present...

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Revisiting the past

    Since the advent of digital photography I suppose like many other wildlife photographers I am always looking to improve upon pictures shot in the past on film. The advantages that modern equipment offers both in quality and reach means that pretty much anything shot digitally today is going to be far superior to previous efforts on film. Rather oddly this past month the opportunities arose to photograph a number of birds in Scotland that I last encountered on a trip to Eastern Europe in 1975. Red-backed Shrike is now all but lost as a breeding species in the UK however...

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