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From left to right: Bee Orchid Orchis apifera. Greater Butterfly Orchid Planthera chlorantha. Broad Bodied Chaser. 
Common Spotted Orchid Dactylorhiza fuschii.

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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.

 

 

San Vicente
San Vicente
Lights over the harbour
Do you see a lion's head?
A place by the sea
A place by the sea
North coast of Spain
Stairway to ......
Stairway to ......
Covadonga
Covadonga
High mountain lake.
High mountain lake.
In the Picos
Mountain flower
Mountain flower
In the Picos
Door to .....?
Door to .....?
A wild day in the mountains
A wild day in the mountains
Picos de Europa
Alpine Chough
Alpine Chough
At Fuente De
Almond Blosson
Almond Blosson
In Andalucia
Chapel in the hills
Chapel in the hills
Andalucia
Mirror Orchid
Mirror Orchid
Sierra de Cabrerra
Iberian Lynx
Iberian Lynx
Northern Spain
Evening In Warsaw
Evening In Warsaw
A wedding party
A wedding party
Girls with baloons in a Warsaw park
Girls with baloons in a Warsaw park
The seamstress
The seamstress
Young Warsaw musician
Young Warsaw musician
White backed woodpecker feeding young
White backed woodpecker feeding young
Three toed woodpecker
Three toed woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Map Butterfly
Map Butterfly
Orange tip Butterfly
Orange tip Butterfly
Grass snake
Grass snake
Beautiful Damselfly
Beautiful Damselfly
White Stork with chicks
White Stork with chicks
European Bison
European Bison
This was a very special glimpse of a rare species at dawn.
European Bison against the light
European Bison against the light
Europen Beaver
Europen Beaver
Another rare mammal taken with the aid of torchlight!!
Male Ptarmigan
Male Ptarmigan
My annual "round" of watching these birds becomes relatively easy in the spring.
Wheatear
Wheatear
These little mountain birds return in Late April/early May
Dotterel with prey item
Dotterel with prey item
These beautiful members of the wader family also return in May
A view across the Larig Ghru
A view across the Larig Ghru
Snow sometimes lies long in the high hills.
Wild Hyacinth
Wild Hyacinth
Commonly referred to as bluebells these woodland plants carpet the floor in May
Globe Flower
Globe Flower
Well named for its shape this plant of damp ground can be found across a range of altitudes.
Red Squirrel
Red Squirrel
The Scottish Highlands are a sanctuary for these little fellas.
Red Squirrel
Red Squirrel
Fly species on broom flower
Fly species on broom flower
I do not know fly species by name. Anyone out there help?
Fly species on broom flower
Fly species on broom flower
Fly on fern
Fly on fern
Unknown flower
Unknown flower
Taken in Scarborough in council garden.
Pyramidal Orchid
Pyramidal Orchid
North beach Scarborough.
Looking South from the Grand Hotel Scarborough
Looking South from the Grand Hotel Scarborough
I was obliged by family illness to spend a week in this quintessential English seaside town. A pleasant billet.
Rock Rose
Rock Rose
Growing at Insh Marshes.
Ringlet Butterfly
Ringlet Butterfly
Many were flying at the marshes on a botanical walk.
Fragrant Orchid
Fragrant Orchid
Growing in a meadow near the River Tromie.
Petty whin
Petty whin
On the moor at Insch