Here's a few images from a recent trip to Scotland. A couple of weeks ago, I travelled up to the Aviemore area of Scotland to try and track down the very elusive Capercaillie; a bird I'd previously missed on the last 2 occasions!
On arrival, we visited Loch Garten where we waited over an hour to see a Crested Tit that was still visiting the peanut feeders here.
|Crested Tit - I did tell it not to move whilst I was taking the picture|
We also had the delight of many finches including lots of Siskins
The next day, the Caper search started at Loch Garten on the Caper watch... a hour in, we'd still not caught a glimpse until one came out of nowhere and made its way across a vegetated patch at distance... this was my wonderful record shot:
|The shot of the trip! You can tell what it is though can't you...?|
This followed by a visit to the Cairngorms and after a lift up to the summit, we quickly locked on to a couple of Ptarmigan (male and female). It's amazing how these birds are adapted to live up here in such harsh conditions
|...and the more windswept female|
Whilst visiting a couple of local lochs, we'd added crossbills, Hen Harrier, Pink Footed Geese and Red Throated Diver to our lists and then we came across this fantastic Osprey as it hunted over the lochs.
There were a fair few Red Grouse too...
We also put in some time down the amazing Findhorn valley for Golden Eagle but sadly didn't see one. On the flip side, we did get a decent view of a lovely male ring ouzel. Over all, a superb little break with some great birds