From left to right: Bee Orchid Orchis apifera. Greater Butterfly Orchid Planthera chlorantha. Broad Bodied Chaser.
Common Spotted Orchid Dactylorhiza fuschii.
October is the season of colour and the red deer rut. You can find a recording of the deer on my Souncloud page. The link is in the Sounds page of this website.
The third week of October is usually the best for colour in the Highlands of Scotland. Birch trees are about to shed their autumn leaves and the sun is lower in the sky for a large part of the day. Even then when it breaks through cloud cover the colours truly light up. Below are four images of a local viaduct, two were taken on a bright but cloudy day two were taken when the sun was out. See if you can spot the difference. Even on cloudy days the digital darkroom offers ways of improving on the effects of flat light. Most of the images taken in Strathspey were not great out of the camera but once a little "digital fairy dust" is sprinkled on them they look not bad! I hope you like them.Now it is early December and the migrant season is past apart from the flocks of waxwings along the esat coast living off the abumdant rown berry crop that the summer has produced. The images are an eclectic mix of thngs that come my way.
In February we returned to the west via Torridon to Applecross sooneot two of the images are similare to the last ones of the Torridon mountains, just a little snow added!! Applecross in winter sun offers the photographer endless opportunities. I have shown a few of my favourites.
March saw me spend time with a friend who lives in Spain. Thanks to his driving we had the best part of a week in the Picos De Europa in the north then a week in Almeria province in the south. A selection of diffferent image styles is added from that extended photographic session. Additional images can be seen on my Facebook page in an Album.
Late May took me to Poland with a friend's company Scotnature. An intensive week of birding. I managed a few images and sounds..A day in Warsaw was followed by a week of intensive dawn to dusk days with some memorable places and species. For me the sound of Great Snipe at a lek was especially enjoyable. Sounds at Bialowiska Forest and Bebrza marshes were recorded and I wil lget a few onto my Soundcloud page ere long. White Backed, Three Toed and Great spotted woodpeckers were seen in the forests and manywarblers recorded. Storks, white and black, were seen in the marshes and a citrine wagtail provided a bit of excitement near the end of our tour.
Once back on home turf I have included a few frommy wanderings from early Mayuntil mid June.