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The rutting red Deer is one of the highlights of the highland year , between October and November the head-dress made of grass and moss is a common sight among the stags trying to make themselves look bigger. They bellow and roar to warn off other stags and to impress the females .Stags often appear black after smearing themselves with peat from boggy pools ,glands secrete a dark fluid to broadcast information about age and sex .By the end of the rut the males may shed up to twenty percent of there body weight . The shot was taken on a 300 mm lens ,with a canon 1DS ll. rut 1

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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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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

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.

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.

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.

Wild flowers

The wild flowers are still in bloom around Scoraig. You can track the progress of summer by which flowers are still flowering , winter is on its way. I don’t know what this one is called so if anyone can tell me I would be grateful.