We couldn’t have picked a more challenging few days to visit the Highlands with winds so strong it was hard to stand up and lots of snow, well I did say I wanted snow and in the end, it was a case of be careful what you wish for!
Fron a hide deep in the caledonian pines the red squirrels braved the wind.
I’ve always wanted to see crested tits whose range finishes far north of us. pretty little things that were very happy to come down for a peanut.
Then the snow, everywhere was a scene from Narnia, both the branches and trunks of the trees were white because of the wind, Absolutely beautiful!
These red deer didn’t seem to mind the snow in their ears.
Red grouse, rain and snow gets very diferent results photographically, maybe one in the sun could be a job for next time! perhaps that would be a little more relaxing, the birds themselves seemed very obliging -almost posing.
The mountain hare in pretty dificult conditions, horizontal snow storm , gale force winds, with all credit to Marcus Conway for getting us up there to see them.
and Richard Burton for taking the shot of us heading back.(I’m the one in the middle,)
There’s just one thing I’d like to add, I spent a few days in Edinburgh being a tourist, I would love to see is the northern lights which didn’t happen but I did see these nacreous clouds – pretty special!
What glorious weather! far too nice to miss an opportunity to go out with the camera, so Lizard point seemed a good idea,
The choughs were around their new nesting site near the light house
This years male didn’t seem to mind sharing his rock with a gang of jackdaws
A beautiful view of a raven, they nest near by and could be a threat to the chough chicks, but all five made it through this year
A seal swimming in to feed the pup she had hidden among the rocks,
As if this wasn’t enough – a sparrowhawk just to finish a splendid day!
Just sometimes , out in the right place at the right time, I’m lucky enough to see something realy magical. Today was one of those days, I was quite disappointed to have missed the bluetits fledge from a nest I was watching and wandered back through the graveyard, always a good place for wildlife, then I heard a commotion high in a tree, it was worth tracking down, it turned out to be these little things!
Goldcrest chicks testing their wings, Mum on the nearby stone shouting at them to fly.
All of a sudden they all seemed to decide to go at once and I was surrounded by chirping chicks. Goldcrests are our smallest birds and these were tiny! Fabulous! I took as many shots as I could very quickly and left.
I didn’t think it was a good idea to stay no matter how much I wanted to, mum would be in control of the situation but not with me around.
one at least had made it to the tree and I’m sure they all made it in the end.
I do love spring!
I’ve been so lucky, a friend took me out to see these guys, they put on quite a show and hung around for quite a while, not as shy as I expected, both paents and cubs seemed fine as long as there were peanuts .
I’ve been trying to take photos of these woodpeckers for a long time now, pleased with the results today.
Tehidy Wood is a truely wonderful place, many of my paintings start from photos taken here,
I was watching a swan with only two cygnets, not a good sign,
but then I saw a small face,
Back seat driving?
Then mum lost patience with it all, opened her wings and dumped the whole lot into the water!
Now that’s a happy ending.
This tiny rabbit wasn’t too worried by me or the camera, he let me get quite close, what a sweetie! He emerged from a hole by the footpath and posed for me for some time,
After a while was joined by another.
While watching a shoal of fish yesterday look who turned up! I’d never seen this before but he was obviously well practiced, he came back time and time again. As far as I can tell there sre no other reports of rats fishing.
A couple of minutes later a water rail– a good afternoon!