Shag chance encounter

When you’re out and about on coasts, river banks, hills, or anywhere in the countryside, chance close encounters with wildlife present themselves from time to time. Such was the case last week when I met this shag along Brora back shore.

Cormorants and Shags, Cormorant

Cormorants and Shags, Shag

Cormorants and Shags, Shag

Cormorants and Shags

Here’s a close up 100% crop from the second photo, to give you an idea of how much detail is actually in these photos. Love my Fuji gear.

Cormorants and Shags, Shag

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Oystercatchers

This one came out well. I think I take about 1000 photos of birds in flight for every one like this I keep.

Oystercatchers

Sparrows

There is no need to climb mountains or swim oceans to get decent photos of birds, your back garden will do just fine. Even sparrows can look amazing in good light, and they’re excellent for practice, for getting to know birds and your gear and how to take decent photos.

Sparrow

Sparrows

Sparrow

Wren

Love these little birds, but they’re difficult to get close to with a camera. This one was in the trees one morning while I was walking through the Big Burn woods at Golspie.

Wren

Puffins

Handa Island is a nature reserve on the west coast of Scotland managed by the Scottish Wildlife trust. You turn up, and they whisk you over by boat. Amazing island for getting close to birds, especially Puffins, Arctic skuas and Great skuas. The Handa Island skuas you’ve already met, so here are a few of the puffins.

Auks, Puffins

Auks, Puffins

Auks, Puffins