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Just putting this info here so I don't lose it! Suggestions on Nature photography from photo.net... - "You didn't hear about the polar bear?"
February 6th, 2005
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Just putting this info here so I don't lose it! Suggestions on Nature photography from photo.net...
Scotland in June - Best Bets for Wildlife Viewing/Photography , feb 05, 2005; 11:07 p.m.
Tried scanning the 17,000 or so earlier postings on various locations, but eventually went blind without finding much on Scotland. (Why in the world do searches take you to that page, but not to the specific postings? Or am I just dense? *grin*)
Anyway - I plan on a trip to Scotland in June. I'm from America, so my interest is in seeing birds and animals that are either unique to Scotland, or which offer especially good photo opportunities there - such as areas where cliff-nesting birds can be viewed and photographed at a relatively close distance without being disturbed; seal beaches; areas with beautiful tidal pools, etc.

I won't have a lot of time, but would like to spend 3 to 4 of my days enjoying nature in Scotland, and photographing.

I'd love any help you can give me - thank you!

Answers are behind the

Greg S , feb 06, 2005; 01:43 a.m.
You may want to familiarize yourself with possibilites in the Orkney Islands. I visited there once during late Sept (a bit wet and windy), but I believe June would be a good time for nesting sea birds. Along with the Isle Of Skye, Orkney was my favorite spot in Scotland. Just happened to find this photo collection while I was searching for Orkney specifics. Best, -Greg-


Wim van Velzen , feb 06, 2005; 04:10 a.m.
Hi Valerie,
You'll find quite some information on my site on Scotland.

There are several places, especially isles, for bird life, like Bass Rock on the east coast near Edinburgh, Handa island in the north-west. I myself enjoyed a trip to the Treshnish Isles a lot, even in July, when most birds are back on sea.

You might want to have a look at these sites: Turus Mara and Hebredian Trust.



Bill Thorlin , feb 06, 2005; 05:49 a.m.
The Isle of Mull is a must and you can include Iona and Staffa as part of your itinerary (do not forget Fingals Cave as a bonus).There are many good web sites covering the Islands so go to Google.
Seals,otters,Golden Eagle and if really lucky Sea Eagle are the big attractions but there are many more things to see .......I will be going back one day soon !!!


John MacPherson , feb 06, 2005; 06:10 a.m.
I live there (Scotland). I would second Mull, also Rum (National Nature Reserve), and the north highland west coast too. In June there should still be puffin and fulmar nesting, also loads of other seabirds. There are wild goats and red deer on Rum, and in many locations on the mainland. In Strathspey and Cairngorms there are osprey, red deer, ptarmigan, mountain hare, etc. With only three or four days I would look at the west coast, and perhaps stick to Mull - seals, otters, sea eagles, golden eagles, whales and dolphins, puffins on the Treshnish Isles (go with Ian at Turus Mara - find them on the web). Scotland may appear small but dont underestimate the time and distances to get to places. If you want any more specifics ask! JOHN


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