Around Morecambe Bay

    The area around Morecambe Bay in North-west England offers a range of photo opportunities that are a complete contrast to habitats and species that we experience here in the Highlands. As at many other wetland reserves in England the RSPB's Leighton Moss enables close encounters with species such as Avocet, Bittern and Marsh Harrier. When I started out as a photographer nearly fifty years ago all were so rare here in the UK that you had to travel abroad to stand a chance of photographing them. The reserve gets very busy during the day but early in the morning and late in the evening...

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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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Galloway Revisited

Galloway Revisited - Earlier in the month I had to go down to Glasgow to collect my big lens from being serviced. With a reasonable forecast I decided to continue south and revisit some of my old haunts in Galloway. I wanted to fill in a couple of gaps in my picture library. I knew that both Nuthatch and Willow tit visited the bird feeders at the Ken Dee Marshes. The reserve is one of several RSPB Reserves that have come into being since we moved back to the Highlands  in 1975. Back then we had Willow Tits coming to our garden feeders but I don’t recall seeing Nuthatches in Galloway then....

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