A morning in the Scottish Highlands

Took some time out to take myself on a birding tour to the Highlands to meet with a birding pal who I had previously met on a birdwatching tour to Hungary, he would ultimately guide me in the search for the Crested Tit. An iconic bird that has been on my hitlist for some time ! Being habituated in the desert for the last 12 years I can only describe the weather as Arctic - Strong and very bitter North Westerly winds were the order of the day but a least we had clear skies and I had remembered my Long Johns ! I started out in the garden for a bit of woodland bird photography with the aim of catching a Yellowhammer amongst the Tree Sparrows, Goldfinch and Chaffinch. I wasn't disappointed, although a perched bird would have been ideal. This ground feeder was not going to oblige. We then proceeded to nearby forests around Elgin where we set up our station. We were greeted immediately with good numbers of Coal Tit and Chaffinch with a sprinkling of Great Tits. We didn't have to wait too long for the Crested Tits to appear, the lighting conditions had deterioated a little but maintained a workable level. The Tits are amazingly fast movers making photography challenging, but honestly what fun would bird photography be if it wasn't challenging ! On the way back to the house I had the added bonus of coming across Whooper Swans, another lifer for me. Although distant, they still offered reasonable record shots.

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