February 09, 2015
Well we are are now half way through February and having guided over 20 people on our Wildlife Photography Holidays in Scotland and Guided Photography Days we are having some great results.
Of course we have been photographing Mountain Hare, Crested Tits, Red Deer, Red Squirrels and Red Grouse, but the highlight for me so far has been the amazing Ptarmigan. The key to the great Ptarmigan photography this winter has been how low down they are on the hill (after the early snows in Feb that is!). Just 20 minutes or so of walking from the car park level and you are seeing the first Ptarmigan. This means you have much more time to photograph them in a range of habitats and doing lots of interesting stuff.
With the snow now melting I can only think things will be a little harder from here on in, but with longer days ahead things are feeling great!
If you want to find out more about the best ways to photograph Ptarmigan check out this guide.
With long summer days and wildlife active Spring is one of the best time to visits the Scottish Highlands – the hard part is knowing what of focus on! As a fervent lover of the high tops I find it hard not to head for the high tops in search of charming Dotterel. Often we come across Mountain Hare in their summer pelts as well as lots of Ptarmigan and the odd Snow Bunting. On our recent Scottish Highland Bird Photography Tours we were blessed with some great sunrises and to witness these in the majesty of the high plateau was something special.
It’s not just mountains that are on our radar. This is one of the best times for shooting owls with Short Eared Owl, Long Eared Owl ad Tawny Owl all conspicuous in recent weeks. The best place to look for owls has been out along the Laggan road where some days we have photographed all three species.
Well I’m off to Shetland for a few days and then onto the Outer Hebrides to hopefully photograph more owls and with luck hope to see some nice light again soon!
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