Highland Wildlife and Birdwatch Safaris, Guided wildlife excursions, Aviemore, Scotland
Highland Wildlife and Birdwatch Safaris, Guided wildlife excursions, Aviemore, Scotland

Thursday, August 23, 2007


Mid- late August saw further evidence of the approaching Autumn - dawn is becoming later, and dusk earlier (and cooler!), Rowan berries became noticeably abundant and Swift numbers were seen to reduce. Most of the local specialities continued to be seen and enjoyed. Highlights included:


Good views of a Golden Eagle interacting with a pair of Buzzards in a beautiful upland glen, it's white wing patches and tail base identifying it as a juvenile.


An unusually long view of a Stoat exploring amongst riverside rocks, it's quick, jerky movements sadly making it impossible to grab a photo!


Good views of our local speciality butterfly - The Scotch Argus (see pic)


Male Black Grouse numbers increasing at their traditional lek sites


Decent views of a pair of Kingfishers - a rare bird in these parts!

Sunday, August 12, 2007


Early August saw most of the local specialities continue to show well, highlights included:


An early morning encounter with an Otter on the River Spey - worth getting up at 4am for!


Our mammal day-list record of 11 being equalled (Otter, Rabbit, Bank Vole, Brown Hare, Mountain Hare, Roe Deer, Red Deer, Reindeer, Sika Deer, Red Squirrel and Mountain Goat)


Our local juvenile Ospreys being seen to fish successfully by themselves for the first time - just as well, as their parents will abandon them any day now and fly off to Africa, leaving them to find their own way!


Great views of Dolphins at the Moray Firth (see pic), so close that we could hear them 'snorting' in air between dives!