I’ve now had a chance to go through the images that i took over the week in Scotland, some on closer inspection got the delete button as on closer inspection they were either uninteresting or basically out of focus ! the others that were left needed a bit of tidying up but on the whole i was quite pleased with them. the following are a selection of the week , – would i go back ? – Definitely,
Finding wildlife and photographing it can sometimes take your eye off whats around you and the landscapes your in , always looking through the long lens and getting the same perspective , i took some time out while in Scotland to try my hand at some landscapes around Loch Garten , these are a few left of the many that ended up getting binned – be ruthless with your images i think !!
Well it couldn’t last , the weather turned from blue skies and cold yesterday to wet and cold today. But that didn’t stop us getting out in the mountains looking for Hares, After a long 1000 ft climb we were well above the snow line with small coveys of Grouse all around us but we only saw one hare, not surprising really as the wind and sleet was lashing across the top of the hill, “discretion is the better part of valour” so they say and we headed lower down the slope – avoiding the larger Patches of snow , where one slip and long slide down a hundred feet of very steep mountainside would ruin your day !! but after 15 minutes spotted three hares in snow holes keeping out of the weather .
A long crawl through the snow and small streams running down the hill got me as close as i dared to two hares , trying to keep out of the weather.
We had a great day today after a shaky start when a Hare ran right towards us and I must have pushed the lens switch to manual accidentally , oops no focus , Gutted !! but we had more luck later with hares moving all around us.
Blue skies and sun greeted us this morning and temperatures well below freezing, an ideal day to go up into the Cairngorms , we got to the top car park early with hardly a car in sight. £ 11-50 later we were on the Rail link to the top , with such a clear day the views were great , all the way up to the Moray Firth, back down at the car park a small flock of Snow buntings were moving around and luckily they decided to stop right by us – result ! but no Mountain Hares yet , but tracks everywhere.
Well i’m here at last in the Cairngorms , and its cold but Crested Tit , Red Squirrels , Deer and Pine Martins are about here somewhere, all we have to do is find them !
We visited the Loch Garten forest today and straight away found Crested Tits at some feeders with a Red Squirrel turning up later , bit of luck ! hundreds of birds were around the feeders – excellent sight to see !