An Excellent Week in Scotland

06th October 2011
We’ve just returned from a well-earned holiday in Scotland, visiting Inverness to see family and then driving east and south to the Deeside area.

I'm pleased to say I did manage to take a few decent images and also saw my first Snow Bunting, Black Grouse and Goshawk, not together I hasten to add.

We also had a great day out with Craig Westlake of Deeside Nature Activities, seeing Roe Deer, Red Deer, Peregrine, Buzzard, Goshawk, Red Grouse, Black Grouse, Dipper, Red Squirrel and most of the commoner species of bird. Unfortunately not many of the things that we seen were within a photographable distance but the highlights were at least two Buzzards, two Peregrines and a Goshawk all viewed through the scope/bins at the same time. The other was seeing around eight Black Grouse on a known lekking ground. Unfortunately Golden Eagle didn’t put in an appearance and Crossbills eluded us but they could be heard up in the tree canopy.
Thanks Craig for a great day out.

I also managed to get a few landscape shots including some of Bow Fiddle Rock at Portknockie. I also caught a few glimpses of the Autumnal colours that I was hoping for but I think I was about 7 – 10days too early. I don’t need much of an excuse to return to Scotland but it’s just that bit too far to make the journey again, unless someone else pays for the petrol. I can feel a trip to the Lake District coming on instead though!!



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