Garth Peacock
Scotland - Day 5 - A mammal day


The last two weeks of January

Wednesday 6th February 2019

Wildfowl Week

Monday 21st January 2019

Slim pickings for a month.

Monday 14th January 2019

Last one for 2018

Tuesday 11th December 2018

A week to remember

Monday 3rd December 2018

A couple of trips to norfolk

Friday 16th November 2018

Deer and more Deer

Thursday 15th November 2018

Some activity at last.

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Welney Widlife Trust Norfolk

Monday 22nd October 2018

It's all still very hard work

Wednesday 17th October 2018

It's not getting any easier

Saturday 6th October 2018

A stormy week

Sunday 23rd September 2018

It's all still very hard work

Sunday 16th September 2018

Bits and bobs over the last 10 days

Sunday 9th September 2018

Another update

Monday 27th August 2018

About time for an update.

Friday 10th August 2018

Bitterns and a Hobby

Tuesday 17th July 2018

The Danube Delta - Day 5

Wednesday 11th July 2018

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Friday 13th April 2018

It is not everyone's cup of tea, but I like hide photography. If properly planned, you can experiment with different shots. So, to start off Day 5, we booked a specialist hide for Red Squirrels located in the Rothiemurchus forest. It was owned by Neil McIntyre, a well know Scottish Photographer.

It was obvious that he knew what it was all about - spacious hide, well located, plenty of photogenic perches, food to attract the Squirrels and camera mounting plates. There was a couple from Northumberland with us but there was ample room.

Perched Squirrels was easy.

and the usual one on a tree.

so, after a while, it was time to experiment - how about a moving Squirrel.

and a jumping one.

A back-lit jumping one

and the most difficult one of all with such a fast moving subject, jumping towards the camera.

After 4 hours, we had exhausted all the possibilities so moved on to Laggan to see if we could find Red Deer. This is a long country road leading up into the mountains and about half-way, we found a couple of Red Deer stags by the road but just too close to focus on before they wandered into the forest.

Disappointed, we carried on round the next corner and was greeted by a sight I will never forget - a field next to the road with 30 -40 Red Deer in it and with mountains as a backdrop. So we filled our boots, first with a group

and then concentrating on singles to try to capture  the impressiveness of the species in their natural surroundings.

Have I succeeded? - I will leave that to you to decide but well pleased, we made our way back to the hotel but not before finding a Brown Hare close to the road that stayed for a while.

even allowing close-ups

before bolting to the nearest rocks.

A very fruitful and enjoyable day.

More images of these species in the  Recent Additions section.

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