News, Wildlife

What is it that you do?

12 Sep , 2018  

Alert male Badger

To do what we do, photographing wild animals. It’s essential to have at least a working understanding of the animal you’re trying to photograph. You adapt your field craft skills, to hopefully, outwit your subject. That is why we spend so much time reading about and observing animals in the wild. One of the animals […]

Update, Wildlife

Kidnapped by Nature

20 Jul , 2018  

Close up still of a Pine Marten

The saying goes – “time flies when you are having fun”. We have certainly being doing that. Today marks our 2nd anniversary of our big move to Highlands of Scotland. Looking back, here’s a short passage from our blog we wrote on 19 July 2016. We are so excited, as we now own a small […]

Wildlife

Badgers in the spring

20 Jun , 2018  

Video about Badgers that visit our garden

Spring is a time of light nights in the Highlands of Scotland. Late June and the arrival of the Summer solstice means that the sun sets at 22:19 giving us 18 hours of daylight. It doesn’t get properly dark until after midnight and even then the sky has a tinge of light. All this daylight […]

Software

Photo Mechanic

15 May , 2018  

Camera Bits Photo Mechanic 5.0 About Screen

Before I start this look at Photo Mechanic by Camera Bits I need to get a few things out of the way. Yes, we’ve started using Photo Mechanic. We’re not sponsored to do so. We still use Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC {https://www.adobe.com/} and couldn’t work without them. All our images require keywording and detailed […]

Update, Wildlife

Red Squirrels in our wood in Aird

21 Apr , 2018  

Red Squirrel sitting in a Birch tree

We have just published another one of our video blogs on You Tube about the Red Squirrels that visit our woodland. We first caught sight of a Red Squirrel in our trees about 16 months ago. After a couple of glimpses, we decided the best way to attract the squirrels, to stay for longer, was […]

News, Wildlife

Woodland Friends

3 Apr , 2018  

Red Squirrel in a tree

Meet Ted, the newest addition to our band of “Woodland Friends”. We had been told that there were Red Squirrels Sciurus vulgaris locally. So in our infinite wisdom we put up a squirrel feeding box, filled it with hazelnuts and hoped for a visitor. A year on and we had no activity on the feeding […]

News

Our Week

23 Feb , 2018  

Siberian Husky in snow

Catching up on paperwork today; and waiting for Yellow Hammers to come and have their picture taken. After the snow comes the sun. Hurrah, snowdrops we planted are flowering. Badgers are visiting early in the evening so we can watch them. Three different badgers visited the other night; one new one and two of our […]

Wildlife

A time of hardship

2 Feb , 2018  

Female Blackbird Turdus merula

Winter has a firm hold. Short cold days, long winter nights, bring hardship for the residence of our countryside. Scarcity of reliable food supplies and the low temperatures of winter combine, to bring many of our birds and animals to the brink. Winter; and especially the last bit is one of the hardest times for […]

News, Update, Wildlife

A new visitor

22 Jan , 2018  

Close up still of a Pine Marten

Christmas over, decorations put away. What’s been happening with us? To our delight, we have a Pine Marten visiting, on a fairly regular basis. After feeding on the ground for the first few visits, it, and I say it; because we’re not sure if it is male or female. Anyway, he, she, it, has learnt […]

Wildlife

Long-tailed Tits (Aegithalos caudatus)

4 Jan , 2018  

Long-tailed Tits Aegithalos caudatus on branch looking left

Long-tailed Tits are not really tits at all. And not a lot of people know that. It is an entirely different family, Aegithalidae from the other three species Blue, Great and Coal Tit we find in our gardens. Which are all members of the Paridae family. The Long-tailed Tit is very closely related to the babbler family […]