Friday, August 30, 2013

Pine marten

The Pine marten was another key species I intended to photograph on my recent trip to Scotland, and they didn't disappoint. This is just one of a large series of shots that had them clambering over rocks, climbing trees, and scrambling on top of each other. Part of the mustelid family of mammals, which includes Badger, Weasel, Otter and Stoat, Pine martens are

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Goshawk

Blog updates have slowed down a little lately - been really busy with work, then away in Scotland for a bit. This shot is from closer to home though. In all the time I've lived in the Forest of Dean,

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Basking Shark

It's been a while since my last update to this blog, not least because I've been away in Scotland and the Hebrides for the last couple of weeks, and prior to that I was busy with long days at work. One species I was particularly keen to see whilst in Scotland was the Basking Shark - the second largest fish after the Whale Shark.
Things didn't sound that promising when we arrived in Scotland. Basking Sharks were late arriving this year and sightings were only just beginning to happen. We headed out towards the island of Coll and quickly the waters calmed and the weather improved. Common and Grey seals were hauled out on the rocks in large numbers, unperturbed by our presence.