Garth Peacock
Scotland Trip - Day 7 - and what a surprise


Wednesday 12th February 2020

Thursday 20th February 2020

Slimbrisge WWT Gloucesterdhire

Wednesday 19th February 2020

To end January 2020...

Thursday 30th January 2020

That's the end of 2019 for me.

Friday 20th December 2019

Disaster strikes

Monday 2nd December 2019

It's still very hard work

Saturday 9th November 2019

A quiet month overall

Saturday 2nd November 2019

Week ending 11th October 2019

Friday 11th October 2019

A quiet week

Friday 4th October 2019

A week of mixed fortunes

Tuesday 1st October 2019

The final catch-up

Tuesday 10th September 2019

Post Romania

Wednesday 4th September 2019

Romania Day 7 - 14th June 2019

Saturday 17th August 2019

Romania Day 6 - 13th June 2019

Friday 16th August 2019

Romania Day 5 - 12th June 2019

Wednesday 24th July 2019

Romania Day 4 - 11th June 2019

Thursday 18th July 2019

Romania Day 3 - 10th June 2019

Tuesday 9th July 2019

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Monday 7th April 2014

Saturday 22nd March - time to start the long drive home but we had booked into a B & B part way dowm so had plenty of time for the drive. We had planned another session at Lach Garton for the Crested Tits but yesterdays success maded this unnecessary.

I asked Marcus Conway if he had any suggestions that would not take us too far off our route - try Laggan, he said and told us where to find it.

This was a proper made up road heading into the mountains, single track with passing places although we only saw one other vehicle. It was through fields, by a lake and then into pine forest.

We must have driven a few miles when the pine trees opened out from the road to a clearing and in it were 4 Red Deer stags, complete with antlers, on the right side of the road for the sun and with a natural background. It just doesn't get any better than this and what impressive animals they are close up.

Carefully getting the cameras ready, we took a few shots using the car as a blind, expecting them to take off any minute. Fortunately, I had my 7D with the 70-200 lense with a 2x converter and this was just the right rig for the occassion as it allowed me to pan out.

They continued to feed, just keeping a wary eye on us but came even closer.

and then they were joined by another four males and these really gave us the opportunity for good close-up natural looking shots.

Finally, they drifted away into the forest after having graced us with over half-an-hour of photo opportunities. This is an experience I will never forget - really magical. So we left on a high, just as it should be.

A summing up of the trip? Disappointments - Ptarimigan, Capercaille, Scoters and Mergansers. Highlights Crested Tit, Red Squirrel, American Coot, Mountain Hare and those Red Deer.

Well, I will just have to return as soon as I have amassed enough brownie points at home!!!