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 Grebes in Spring

I have always had a soft spot for grebes, I have early memories as a boy on summer evenings punting around an ornamental lake in Derbyshire helping my father erect photographic hides beside the nests of Great-crested and Little Grebes. Back then other grebe species were considered rarities and only ever occurred in the midlands of England in their rather dowdy winter plumage. It is at this time of year in their summer plumage that grebes really shine. Here in the Highlands Little Grebes appear to be much more numerous and widespread than when I moved north in the late 1960’s. Slavonian Grebes,...

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