Golden Eagle

Islay Geese

A photography trip to the Isle of Islay at this time of year has become almost an annual pilgrimage. With a good weather forecast for the week, we booked the ferry. Last year we were unable to get over until the second week in April by which time many of the geese were  leaving. We daily observed skeins heading north and the flocks feeding in the fields were greatly reduced by the end of our week. This year at the end of February there were plenty of geese to be seen. Over the years the geese have become much more wary and difficult to photograph from a vehicle. Undoubtedly this is as a result...

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Getting close to Golden Eagles

  Getting close enough to reliably get pictures of wild Golden Eagles is something that requires more than a little effort on the part of the photographer. Chance encounters out on the open hill are unpredictable and usually distant. More often than not you end up with a view of a bird against the sky gaining height and soaring out of sight over the top of the nearest hill. Last autumn I was approached by another wildlife photographer who was working on a project photographing Golden Eagles. I agreed to assist him in his quest. I took him to see a number of eyries where I had photographed...

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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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