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The highland lochs are hosting large numbers of geese ,some stay all year others head south for the winterardessie falls_15

People find them beautiful and fascinating or view them with loathing and fear, Im in the first camp although when looking for them in the long grass a touch of fear is not far from the surface .This one was warming itself near Loch Ness in the morning sun, although common in many parts of the Highlands ,in our area of Dundonnell I am still to spot one .a1s.jpg

a1 (2).jpgAt this time of year Badgers in the highlands of Scotland are hunting early and it is possible to photograph them while it is still light. There sense of smell is very good so stay down wind of them and try to make as little noise as possible.This Badger is part of a large group living in sand dunes on the coast.

One of the new series of sand shots on show in the gallery
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deer bloThe harsh winter can be hard on the wildlife in the snow-covered hills of the highlands , many of the weak or sick red deer will die if the snow cover lasts to long. While bad news for the deer this can create rich pickings for the local predators such as Sea Eagles ,Golden Eagles ,Foxes and even Badgers.In cold weather more deer come down from the hills and come into contact with traffic on the roads, this can make driving at night around here quite exciting.

As the days grow longer in the Scotish highlands the low sun creates dramatic landscapes, on bolder beach the light skims the textured rock surfaces showing up every detail of amazing location.rock blo

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

Fungi in sunlight

At this time of year fungi can be found under all the trees on Scoraig, There are around 4000 species of larger fungi in Britain and we seem to have more than our fair share here . While a fungus is not a plant it still needs food ,enzymes dissolve food which it can then absorb. The light filtering through the trees lights up this fungi making it glow in the subdued light of the woods . Getting the tripod and camera low enough to to take this shot in low light was difficult and made almost impossible due to the steep bank on which it had decided to grow.

Low tide on Scoraig

At low tide a forest of kelp rises from the sea to carpet the shore, The underwater playground of the Otters lays flat on the beach.Under the kelp the butterfish and crabs hide until the returning sea sets them free once more. The otters make the most of the low tide at which time they can dive to places usually beyond there reach. This shot was taken with a 24mm canon lens on a tripod at f22

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.