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A Return to Gibraltar Point

August can be a quiet time for wildlife photography in the Highlands. With the breeding season over many birds are already on their way south and many insects and plants have had their day. With the weather forecast predicting a succession of Atlantic fronts moving through the north of Scotland for much of August we decided to head south to find better weather. The East of England looked to be a good bet for waders on early passage migration. The prospect of catching up with some Spoonbills was perhaps the main attraction. Following a number of sporadic breeding attempts in the 1990's in 2010 four...

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Around Morecambe Bay

    The area around Morecambe Bay in North-west England offers a range of photo opportunities that are a complete contrast to habitats and species that we experience here in the Highlands. As at many other wetland reserves in England the RSPB's Leighton Moss enables close encounters with species such as Avocet, Bittern and Marsh Harrier. When I started out as a photographer nearly fifty years ago all were so rare here in the UK that you had to travel abroad to stand a chance of photographing them. The reserve gets very busy during the day but early in the morning and late in the evening...

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Limestone Country

At the end of May we made a trip over the border into England to see some of the rare plants that are to be found on the mountain limestone in Upper Teesedale and further south to Silverdale on the north Lancashire coast. The wind that constantly sweeps over the northern Pennines made macro work something of a challenge. However the plants themselves did not disappoint. Spring Gentians were the stars. They positively glowed in the short cropped turf.  A black bumblebee feeding on Mountain Pansy caused a bit of head scratching. With the books out at home it keyed out as a rare black form of the Heath...

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