Archives for the month of: March, 2013

otter from nowere

After spending an hour and a half hiding behind a very cold rock on the beach I decided that the otters had far more sense than me and were probably asleep in a warm Holt. As not to waste the morning completely i decided to take some shots of sea urchins on the shore , at very low tide large common sea urchins appear on the beach among the kelp. After half an hour sliding around in kelp it started to snow and it looked like it was time to head home.As I turned to go I saw about four feet behind me an otter sitting eating a large ling, with the only lens with me ,a 135mm I took a number of shots this one included. When the fish was eaten he looked at me cleaned his face very slowly and calmly walked into the water and was gone.Makes you wonder why I spent all that money on a 600mm lens and a camouflage coat and hat .

Weed lady

Maybe i was looking at this patch of weed for to long while waiting for the Otters to show up. Can you see the shape of a girl in the weed?

rain otterCold wet and windy weather is not bothering the Scoraig. Otters do not have the thick layer of blubber to keep out the cold so they depend on there thick fur,sea salt needs to be washed from the coat after hunting as lt reduces its insulating property’s . This otter was on its way to a fresh water pool for a dip after over an hour of of fishing. The image was taken on a 600mm f4 canon lens set on a tripod, he was close enough to hear the camera shutter but luckily I was down wind . When otters are on shore you can get away with low shutter speeds and some of my best shots are taken at around 125th of a second. This may seem very slow but is often necessary in Scotland due to low sun and cloud at this time of year.

rough seaseal bannana

Although we are only a mile across the water from dundonnell the sea can at times get a little choppy. How would feel about crossing this in a 14 foot tin boat with a small outboard ? On other days however, when the sea is as calm as a mill pond it can be a great place to explore the coast and visit the local seal colony’s . There are both common and gray seals in the area and at low tide they pull themselves up onto rocks that rise above the water and hold there heads and hind flippers out of the water to reduce heat loss.

Little Loch Broom Dolphins

We have two Common dolphins in the loch at the moment, they have been here on and off for about a week now. They follow the small boats we use to cross the loch jumping clear of the water and riding the bow waves.They are not so easy to photograph as they move fast and somewhat unpredictably while playing with the boats. This shot was taken with a 28-135mm canon zoom lens . Harbour porpoises are also active in the loch they travel alone or in small groups,  and although they can grow up to 1.8 m in length they can be hard to spot especially in rough weather when there small black dorsal fins disappear against the dark waves.