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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.

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Mountain Hares

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.

 

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Cairngorm Mountain

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.C36R5066

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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 !

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By the way this is not me ! 

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More Snakes

Well this time i had some luck on my side , out in search of Adders again i found a dead mouse , it  had not been dead long and was right by where i had seen Adders sun bathing. After setting up and getting comfortable i waited to see if anything was going to happen,I could see Adders moving around in the area near me and as i was lying in the heather i kept an eye on anything moving close to me !

After a couple of hours i saw movement in the heather close to where the mouse was lay , i then made out the head of a good sized Adder , head up and tongue flickering moving slowly towards me quartering the area , obviously homing in on the mouse , How the mouse had died i had no idea , perhaps a victim of this snake ?

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Adders Again

Having tried over the past few weeks to successfully capture a decent image of the Adders living near to me , yesterday payed off , with one staying put long enough for me to get some time photographing these difficult to see reptiles , i say difficult to see but it seems when you do find one you then find more – as was the case with this one when after it departed the scene i found another three. However they were not so obliging as they didn’t hang around long.

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Corn flowers in the area

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Golden Eagle

Out and about yesterday around Mid Wales in the Elan Valley and surrounding area , it was a lovely day but although the sun was shining it was still very cold .

I watched two crows bring down a Red Kite into the side of one of the small rivers but it was too far away for the camera, after this i carried on around the lanes towards Tregaron with the usual Buzzards and Kites wheeling around in the sky , i got out of the Truck to watch one Kite floating along the valley side and as it dropped out of view i looked around to see a large silhouette above me – i had a quick ”  What the **!* is that !! ” moment when it turned and i could see it was a Golden Eagle !

Grabbing the camera out of the truck i took a number of shots but the lens on it at the time was not very big so the pictures have been cropped to within an inch of their lives !

Later i found out the eagle has been around for a number of years , and appears to be an escapee, the rings are visible on its talons. I did see a large bird of prey earlier this year nearer Brecon but thought i was mistaken , or not as it seems .

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