A good days hunting

I spent about two hours watching this otter hunting around rocks near Grunyard Island in that time he caught a small lobster ,Crabs, Butterfish ,and a couple of large Ling. By the end of the hunt he looked well and truly full . Strong westerly winds for the last few days may have made fishing difficult , so he may well have been making up for lost time . Along the rocky coast line of Scoraig and the surrounding area Otters seem to be doing very well and there seems little shortage of prey. More otter photos from the area can be seen at http://www.scoraigarts.co.uk

Scoraig otter in seaweed

The new otter cubs are spending more time in the water,larger prey caught by the mother is taken to the shore for the young to tear apart . If the mother keeps a fish for herself she is harass by the cubs until she gives it up or until she can find a quiet place away from her young where she can eat in peace.

Winter Robin

Robins are extremely territorial birds ,they defend there patch of garden against any bird big or small that is seen as a threat . This one seemed to be seeing if an old pot in the bushes would make a good nest site for later in the season. Shot with a 600mm canon lens with extension tube.

Stag

As the weather in the highlands of Scotland gets colder the red deer come down from the hills into the valleys .Many any are killed on roads each year ,a fully grown stag is a big beast and can do a great deal of damage to a car as I know to my cost , but they are beautiful animals and its almost always a pleasure to see them.

Silent wings

Red Kites reintroduced around the black Isle are spreading slowly , as far as I know none have been seen in the Dundonnell or Scoraig area . This bird was swooping low over open farm land around the Black Isle, and the shot was taken with a 600mm lens .

December Otter

The recent cold snap has led to more otter activity . Otters feed more in cold weather in order to keep up body temperature . They like to make the most of any calm weather for fishing , catching mostly crabs and smaller fish among the weed.

No rest

There is no road to were we live on the Scoraig peninsula and the only way in if you don’t wish to do the five mile walk over a mountain is by small 14 foot open boat . because of this we all watch the sea to see what kind of mood she is in,and whatever her mood she is never still,never at rest.

Shags on red rock

There seem to be a lot of Shag around the loch at the moment ,they have a green/bronze gloss to the feathers that makes them shine in the sunlight. They breed on the exposed rocky coast of the Scoraig peninsular and can often be seen in groups of ten or more fishing around the loch. This shot was taken with a 300mm lens from our boat.

Sandscape

Cold days and bright bright blue sky’s , the first snows of the year have fallen . They say its going to be a cold winter in the highlands but they say that every year. The tourists have gone home for another year leaving the landscape and wildlife with space to breath .

More Fungi

Some fungi twist themselves into beautiful shapes such as this one found in lush bed of moss.