A wonderful first visit to RSPB Troup Head to see the gannets and fulmars.
A whistle-stop visit to East Lothian: encounter with a scruffy juvenile heron and the seabirds of St Abbs Head.
A weekend of wildlife including elusive puffins, seabirds, red squirrels, hares and red kites.
What a year! I’ve already written about the first 6 months, so I won’t repeat myself, but it’s fair to say that from a photographic/wildlife watching perspective 2017 has been brilliant. From the bucket list I’ve now landed on the Bass Rock amongst the gannets and photographed fishing ospreys – both unforgettable experiences. I’ve learnt a lot: photographic techniques, field craft and wildlife behaviours. My ambition for 2017 was to focus entirely (okay… so I did venture South of the border to the Farne Islands), on Scottish wildlife, learning as much as I could about a small number of locations and the animals living there. Personally I don’t want to be the kind of photographer who just ticks species off, I want to get to know them intimately and in doing so take better images that capture the essence of the animal I’m photographing. On top of all this I just love being out sharing airspace with these amazing creatures, it’s a real honour. If anything my love of wildlife, Scotland, the outdoors and photography has increased during 2017.
Mountain hares, otters, puffins, water voles and gannets – photographic highlights from the first half of 2017.
I had the experience of a life-time in June when I had the opportunity to spend time on the Bass Rock amongst the nesting gannets.