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

Friday, February 15, 2008



February saw a mix of weather conditions with snow, floods, frosts and sunshine all making an appearance and temperatures ranging from -11c to +11c! Though still very much Winter in this area, there were a few early signs of Spring approaching.




Wildlife highlights included:



A memorable close encounter with a juvenile
Golden Eagle, seen hunting along a ridge in a beautiful steep-sided glen.




Great close -up views of an Otter fishing in the River Spey at dawn - meaning the early start and -9.5c temperature were soon forgotten.




Dawn bird-song starting up for the first time for many months.




Lapwings & Oystercatchers being seen returning to their breeding grounds along the River Spey.




Super close-up views of Mountain Hares in upland areas (see pic).




11 Common Cranes remaining in fields near Elgin (see Jan).




Regular sightings of Barn Owls hunting over fields at dawn & dusk.




Excellent close views of a feral Mountain Goat and her very cute newly - born kid.




Cracking views of a pair of Peregrine Falcons displaying over a ruined castle.




A brief glimpse of an almost pure white Stoat running across a road between two fields.




Black grouse numbers increasing at their traditional lek sites on woodland edges.




Red Grouse males becoming noticeably more vocal on the heather moorland.




Nice views of a pair of Scottish Crossbills in the Caledonian pine forest.