Welcome to my first blog. My name is Michael Sinclair and I’m a young photographer from Scotland. For my first blog I decided to write about some of the October week which I mainly spent in the Cairngorms (Scottish Highlands).
Day 1– 15/10/16
When I went to the Highlands I travelled by car and I had to take the long way to get to where I was staying (Grantown-On-Spey).
The reason I took the long way to where I was staying was due to bad weather and so I could stop off at 2 different places – Craig Megaidh National Nature Reserve and Insh Marshes.
During our trip to the highlands I was hoping to see Golden Eagles, White Tailed Eagles, Crested Tits and any species of Crossbill, I also wanted to see the red stags rutting but I only saw one briefly from the car and didn’t manage to get a photo.
The first place I went to was Craig Megaidh National Nature Reserve and I saw some species like Orange Peel Fungi, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Coal Tits, a Common Frog and Chaffinches.
Then I went to Insh Marshes and saw some Mallards and 4 Grey Heron and then lots of rabbits and roe deer running across a hill but everything was very far away.
The next stop was the Bed and Breakfast (Netherfield) near Grantown-On-Spey) where I saw 3 red squirrels and 1 male Great Spotted Woodpecker and some other of the common smaller birds.
Day 2/3 -16/10/16 -17/10/16
When I woke up on the second day I decided to go to Loch Garten Osprey centre but not to see the Ospreys which had left for the season but the Crested Tits or Crossbill.
As soon as we arrived there we saw someone set up with a camera and a feeder which a Crested Tit was on. We decided to stay there for the day after we discovered Coal Tits and a Great Tit came and took food off your hand. Once we found that out my mum went to the shops to get some bird seed. I then managed to get some photos of the Crested Tits and Coal Tits and a Treecreeper.
The next day I decided to go there again because I really enjoyed it and that day I saw two Crested Tits and two Red Squirrels chasing each other.
On the way back that day I stopped off at RSPB Loch Leven but unfortunately the weather was extremely wet so many species were not visible from the hides. I still managed to see a brambling from the visitor centre at the feeding station very quickly and some tree sparrows.
Overall I really enjoyed my trip to the highlands even though I did not manage to see Golden Eagles, White Tailed Eagles or Crossbills and hope to go again another time