We have just returned from another short break to one of our favourite parts of the UK - Nethey Bridge and the Aviemore area.
Highlight of our trip being watching a pair of short eared owls hunting voles and returning them to at least one youngster which we could see through the scope. Ptarmigan were easily spotted on the slopes but sadly no Dotterel, from what we can understand we were looking too far away and they were actually right close to the top station, typical. The Crested Tits were seen but not so easily as normal, we think the Winter is best for them. The Black Throated Diver was present as normal but sadly only the one Slavonian Grebe was spotted at considerable distance on Loch Ruthven.
Would so love to be a wildlife guide up there. Can't wait for our next visit.
Taking home dinner.
And here is dinner trying to escape down the road.
A couple of views of the Cairngorms, still with some snow.
Never seen and heard so many Cuckoos.
Above our bedroom window at the cottage.
Spotted Fly Catchers everywhere.
I think the Black Headed Gulls were picking off most of these wee ones!
Some ducklings but not sure if Goldeneye?