Trip to the Scottish Highlands Part 2

An early start on this day (4am alarm) for a trip to see a Black Grouse Lek. Unfortunately it was one of the few days of rain we had so the lighting was as bad as it gets, but at least the birds weren't too far away so at least I did manage some rather grainy shots. A wonderful experience.

Back at the Aigas Field Centre on the Loch we finally got a view of an Osprey. They have put up a nest platform in the hope a pair will adopt it as the bird regularly fishes at the Loch.

Grey Wagtails like the Loch as well.

Out on a walk, a Yellowhammer.

Heading towards the west coast, a Harbour Seal

Plus a pair punk like Red-breasted Mergansers.

A second rainy day with, for us from the south, a rare chance to see a Hooded Crow.

A second chance to see the Badgers and Pine Martens.

The Field Centre also has a Scottish Wild Cat breeding programme. Most of the cats are hidden away in a large enclosure, but this one, whose DNA is not pure enough for the breeding programme is viewable from a hide. He certainly looks the part.

A Dipper collecting food in Glen Affric.

Finally our last view of one of the Beavers in near darkness.

I realise I haven't put up any landscape pictures of the magnificent scenery, so perhaps I'll have to do that in a separate post later.

Part 3 will be about our travels around Grantown-on-Spey.

Part 1 can be found here if you missed it.

https://community.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/f/all-creatures/280291/trip-to-the-scottish-highlands-part-1

Best Wishes,

Trevor

  • A fabulous 2nd set of photos. They are all lovely, the osprey, badgers, pine martins and not forgetting the wild cat are cracking shots, look forwad to the next selecfion from your trip.

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • Superb 2nd set and photos Trevor and the different species, thanks for posting.

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Another fabulous set Trevor, the Hooded Crow is magnificent, and the mammals make a nice change :o) Thanks again for taking the time to sort and post
  • What a great variety Trevor, all fabulous and unusual too, especially watching the Lek, amazing. You have made the most of your trip.

    Lot to learn

  • Again Trevor too many fabulous photos to mention individually so I won’t.
    Thanks again for sharing your fabulous photos with us all.
  • Looks interesting Trevor I fancied visiting the centre after reading a book by its founder,John Lister-Kaye. I think it is called The Dun Cow Rib, he certainly had sn interesting upbringing it's well worth a read

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • In reply to Seaman:

    Hi Pete,
    Sir John Lister-Kaye is still actively working at the centre and his wife Lady Lucy operates in the kitchen. The day to day running of the centre and field trips is now done by his daughter. It's all very well managed and things have developed quite a bit since we first visited in 2016.
    Although quite expensive we felt it was well worth it, sharing days out with knowledgeable young guides and like minded people on the same holiday and eating together in the evening.
    Best wishes,
    Trevor
  • These specialist holidays / accommodation are often quite expensive but I suppose we have to pay for experience in most walks of life. It is usually provided by small independent companies and I for one am quite happy to support them. I love the idea of them being involved with the Scottish Wildcat scheme. Even though I worked in Scotland quite a bit I have only seen two of these fantastic creatures that a keeper showed me but I really fell for them.

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • Wow wow wow ;-)
    More more more!!!! ;-)
    Absolutely brilliant Trevor....

    (Pardon the Scottish Accent)

  • Wild cats, pine martins, badgers, seals, what a brilliant selection of photos, and hard to pick a favourite, however, the last grey waggie would make a good contender for the reflections and shadows thread.

    I nearly forgot, the hooded crow!

    On my trip to the Highlands, I was taken aback with the huge numbers of crows we saw.

    Many thanks for sharing, and a nice compliment to Pt1

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler