The Elusive Cuckoo

The Cuckoo is a bird that was often heard but rarely seen, nowadays it isn’t heard that often either. As I’ve been roaming about the countryside I feel that I’ve been lucky if I hear one a year these days and until this occasion I had never actually seen one. This particular Cuckoo was photographed…

Sparrowhawk in Bluebells

I spent a couple of afternoons in spring observing and photographing a pair of Sparrowhawks in southern Scotland. The woods were a riot of colour as the spring flowers were in bloom with the bluebells being spectacularly prevalent. The female hawk was particularly compliant and paused on several rocks and trees as it surveyed the…

Dippers

Dippers are a bird that I have long wanted to photograph but one that I have found difficult to locate or track down, even asking around has brought little success. However an opportunity arose and I jumped at it.Dippers are quite a small, plumpish bird with a small erect tail that live and breed by…

Kingfisher Pair

It’s taken me a while but I’ve finally got around to processing the Kingfisher images that I shot earlier in the month. We were treated to a superb spectacle as both the male and female were present at times during the day. In fact, three times we witnessed the male passing fish to his partner…

Scottish Safari pt3

Recently I spent four days in the Dumfries area of Scotland photographing a range of wild birds from some purpose built hides owned by Alan McFadyen.  To see the blogs for the 1st day click here and for the 2nd day here. The third day was spent at a hide in a woodland clearing close…

Scottish Safari pt2

Recently I spent four days in the Dumfries area of Scotland photographing a range of wild birds from some purpose built hides owned by Alan McFadyen.  The blog for the 1st day is here. The second day was spent at a hide in a woodland clearing where a reflection pool has been built alongside a…