North West Wildlife

North West Wildlife

Wildlife Photography isn’t something I do a lot of – usually when I attempt it I don’t see anything. I’ve been to Chanonry Point 3 times and never seen a Dolphin. Visited the Otter hide on Skye and saw nothing. Did a wildlife safari in Glencoe and saw nothing – not even any Deer in Glen Etive or at the Kingshouse Hotel! I would love to do more, but when given the choice between spending a day doing landscape photography or wildlife photography, landscapes always win….

Recently though, I was in the North West of Scotland, as a family we went camping to Big Sands Campsite – a fantastic site if you enjoy camping! Whilst we were there, we took a trip on a Glass Bottom Boat ( It was amazing! It gave me a great opportunity to get some wildlife photography practice in as well. There’s a good chance my species identification may be incorrect – I’m basing it on what I remember being told and what I can figure out online matching my images to other images.

The boat took us around 3 of the Islands that lie close to Gairloch Harbour. The first one we visited was Fraoch – Eilean (Translated from Gaelic to English this would be “Heather Island”.

Shags on Fraoch – Eilean
Grey Seal basking in the warmth of the sun
Herring Gull chicks nesting in the seaweed
An Oyster Catcher perched on some lichen covered rocks.
A Grey Seal eyeing up the boat as we passed by
A curious Grey Seal
A Six Spot Burnet Moth
Green Crabs caught in a Creel
One of the local Highland Cows

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