I made a decision this year to take more of an interest in the wildlife much closer to home and that Scotland would be a good place to start. My research identified nowhere better than the Aigas Field Centre near Inverness. It seemed an excellent place to stay and the programmes they offered would provide me with excellent opportunities to explore the area using the experience of their qualified rangers. I had an excellent week, not just exploring the countryside but learning about some of the history of the Highlands. The day was generally spent with a ranger exploring different areas with frequent stops and walks to points of interest where wildlife might be found. This was mainly birds and I understand we spotted as many as a 100 different species during the week. Sea mammals were also seen, but most land mammals were rarely seen due to their preference for the protection of the darker hours. I spent most of my “free time”, which was mainly before breakfast or after dinner, in the hides or walking the Aigas estate. During this time I was able to photograph pine martens; the first I have ever seen, and red squirrels, but sadly I never saw an otter though other people did. I did see beavers but they were always at the other side of the Aigas loch and always in too little light for photography. Some of the bird photographs in this book were taken whilst sitting in the hides waiting for the pine martens to appear, others whilst out on field trips. To have photographed all the birds we spotted whilst exploring with the rangers would have been a major project in its own right. Please enjoy my photographs of a wonderful week experiencing and photographing these Mammals, Birds and Highland Landscapes. Visit www.aigas.co.uk for information on their Field Centre. I have no affiliations or connection with them.
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