Eurasian Badger

April 2019

My photographic efforts over the past month have produced a rather eclectic set of images. I started off by heading up to Wester Ross to see an American duck, a Blue-winged Teal that had taken up residence on a small lochan. As with many species that have come from the other side of the Atlantic it was much more confiding than European birds of a similar ilk. I arrived early hoping to get some pictures before the inevitable arrival of hoards of birders that the news of such a rarity attracts these days. I had an hour and a half parked up on the side of the lochan using my vehicle as a hide. The duck...

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Wildlife Camera Trapping

Wildlife Camera Trapping

  During the course of the last couple of years I have been updating and refining my remote camera photography technique. There are an increasing number of triggering systems on the market. It is now quite feasible to leave a camera set up for weeks on end for it to be triggered into life day or night by anything breaking the beam. For myself I have stuck with Cognysis, an American firm, making robust and reliable triggering systems. Their Range IR infrared triggering system has been augmented by the next generation the Sabre, a pocket sized trigger which uses a LIDAR (light radar) sensor...

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Late Season Wanderings

    Late season wanderings, over the past month or so my photography has had a rather scattergun approach. Following on the heels of the heavy thrush migration that came through the Highlands in October, 2016 has proved to be a ‘Waxwing year’. Flocks numbering hundreds of birds have arrived in the north and east of Scotland. Despite the waxings relatively confiding nature I find it frustratingly difficult to get decent pictures of the feeding birds. As is their way the birds descend on mass to gorge on berries for a very brief time before returning to the uppermost branches...

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