Often overlooked as a premier photographic destination, Islay offers wildlife photographers a <strong><span style=”color: #ff6600;”>plethora of opportunity</span> </strong>to get truly unique and captivating images. Whether it be flocks of <strong><span style=”color: #ff6600;”>10,000s of geese</span></strong> in the pink winter sunsets, marauding <span style=”color: #ff6600;”><strong>Otters</strong></span> (the friendliest we have found!), or the rare red billed Chough, Islay has a lot to offer. Combine that with the sparse population of the island and you can count on a wild and unforgettable experience. A chance to get images unlikely to be captured by anyone else.<p><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”><br />Daily activities</span></p><p>Most days will follow roughly the same profile as we use the short winter days to <span style=”color: #ff6600;”><strong>maximise time in the field</strong></span>. Typically we will have an optional early breakfast before getting out into the field at around 7.30AM. The day will be spent in the field until sun set or earlier if the weather is not suitable.</p><p>The main <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>targets</span> for the trip are;</p><ul><li>White Fronted and Barnacle Geese – especially flocks at sunrise and sunset</li><li>Otter Photography Holiday</li><li>Chough</li><li>Purple Sandpiper</li><li>Nature special to the area that we may encounter; Red Breasted Merganser, Merlin, Hen Harrier, Common Buzzard, Sea Duck</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Barnacle and White Fronted Geese Photography</span></p><p>Photographing Geese can be a rewarding, but sometimes challenging, activity depending on the light and movements of over 50,000 geese. We will visit a range of sites (some used by the BBC for ‘Islands on the Edge’) as we aim to capture groups of geese on land and in the air. The main aim will be to use the <strong><span style=”color: #ff6600;”>atmospheric scenery</span> </strong>and changing crepuscular light to take unique shots.</p><p>We will also spend time looking for and photographing Greenland White Fronted Geese – a particular speciality of the area.</p><p><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Otter Photography</span></p><p>For a long time Mull was <i>the</i> place to photograph Otters. That was until we visited Islay and Jura! We will spend time in a <span style=”color: #ff6600;”><strong>secret location</strong> </span>with a particularly high density of these fabulous creatures. In 2013 up to four Otters frequented an area of 1 mile and we were able to photograph Otters at a close range.</p><p>Please note this site is truly ‘wild’ and you will need to sit still for long periods on the rocky shore.</p><p><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Chough Photography</span></p><p>Islay holds one of the<span style=”color: #ff6600;”><strong> largest populations of Chough</strong> </span>in the UK. However finding and photographing them is never easy. In winter the birds tend to form large flocks of 20 – 50 birds and we will visit their favoured sites used to feed and drink. Sightings are almost guaranteed and we will visit sites where we have photographed them in previous years.</p><p>It should be noted that as part of a behavioural study that many of the Chough are carrying colourful rings on their legs.</p><p><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Special Nature</span></p><p>An open mind is essential when visiting any Scottish Island in winter. In recent years we have photographed; Purple Sandpiper. Merlin, Hen Harrier, Common Scoter, Long Tailed Duck, Raven, Twite and Snow Bunting. With a wide range of coastal habitats and the eventful weather at this time of year there is a high chance of capturing truly <span style=”color: #ff6600;”><strong>unique images</strong><span style=”color: #000000;”>.</span></span></p><p>Distillery tours can be arranged on request – just let us know if you fancy a wee nip.</p><p><img title=”gallery columns=&quot;5&quot; ids=&quot;1087,1084,1092,1088,1091,1090,1085,1089,1093,1086&quot;” src=”http://c60.20e.myftpupload.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wpgallery/img/t.gif” /><br /><br /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><!–mep-nl–><!–mep-nl–><p>