Highlands of Scotland

Sea Eagles and Otters

The dark days of winter in the Western Highlands can be an unproductive time for a wildlife photographer. After a couple of months of extremely dull and wet weather it was a pleasant change to be able to head out for a couple of days to enjoy the return of the sun. Even though my local west coast sea lochs lack the numbers of birds one finds further east around the Moray Firth there are still photographic opportunities to be encountered. At this time of year a trip along the shoreline regularly produces good sightings of both Eurasian Otters and Sea Eagles. Otters, particularly the females with...

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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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