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

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.

Otter and fish

The good weather on scoraig is allowing the otters to find bigger fish , with less silt in the water they seem able to find larger pray .This otter spent about three hours fishing ,eating several large fish ,crabs and butterfish. The thick weed did cause them some problems as they tried to bring fish ashore to eat . This Otter was shot on a 600mm canon lens, the bright conditions allowing a fast shutter speed .

Otter

The Scoraig otters have been making the most of the recent good weather,spending a lot of time in the water fishing for crabs and butterfish.The still conditions make photography difficult ,the sound of the camera shutter carries a long way across the loch. The otters hear the camera but due to there poor eyesight cannot see me unless I move ,this otter was within five meters of me but after a long look he went back to happily fishing along the shore.

Gannet

Gannets are returning to Little loch broom, this one almost led me to disaster .Cold air blowing into the loch on a hot day can form a thick mist known as a harr,as I crossed the loch ,the mist came down ,half way across the one mile crossing this gannet appeared and I grabbed the camera and started shooting.When the bird finally flew off the mist was so thick that no land could be seen in any direction if I headed the wrong way the next stop could be the isle of Lewis. With my hart pounding I took a guess and headed along the waves which I thought were coming from the west .As you can tell it was the wright choice, from now on I will keep one eye on the land.

Puffin

A large group of Puffins , Razor bills and Guillemots have arrived on Little loch Broom .This is usually a sign that the fishing in their normal hunting grounds is poor.Puffins are a fairly rare sight on the loch and although it is nice to see them I fear it may be a sign of a bad season to come for the birds.

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.