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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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Tiree in June

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...

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Photographing Marsh Harriers

Photographing Marsh Harriers - I spent four long days in the hides at the Loch of Kinnordy RSPB Reserve in Angus last month trying to get pictures of the Marsh Harriers. The harriers are relative newcomers to Scotland. Thanks to species protection and wetland habitat restoration their numbers have increased from a low of four breeding pairs in East Anglia during the 1950’s to currently nearly four hundred pairs which are now scattered over a wide area from south-west England to north-east Scotland. Most of the harrier and Osprey action was just too far away from the hides to be of any use for photography...

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Photographing Golden Eagles

Photographing Golden Eagles

Golden Eagle Summer At the start of the year photographing Golden Eagles at an eyrie wasn’t on my to-do list but when I located an eyrie in a big ‘granny’ native pine it was an opportunity that I could not pass by. The nest was in a tree (or one close to it) that last had an eagle eyrie in it in the mid-1980s. As far as I am aware the eagles had not tried to nest in the pinewood in the intervening years. Perhaps the late spring snows had pushed the birds down into the glen from a high corrie where there are a couple of traditional rock eyries. Given the exceptionally cold weather in May and June...

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