Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Scottish Capercaillie - Will Nicholls Wildlife Photography

 Magnificent shots of the very elusive Scottish Capercaillie, taken by a terrific young artist, Will Nicholls.

Capercaillie are very aggressive birds that offer amazing courtship displays, making a low grumbling noise along with sharp clicks. Furthermore, they make an even deeper noise in their call that cannot be heard by humans as the frequency is too low.

For more excellent shots of Scottish birds and animals, visit Will's gallery here: Will Nicholls Wildlife Photography

Friday, March 23, 2012

Perth City: Otters caught on Film in River Tay

Keep your eyes on the bottom of the screen at the start of the video and you will see 2 Otters playing in the fast flowing current sweeping under the old bridge.

This video was shot in the evening, and shows Otters in the River Tay at Sunset. The River Tay is one of the major rivers in Scotland and runs through the enchanting Scottish city of Perth.

The camera man wasn't expecting to see Otters this evening, just good luck.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Mirrored Sculpture - David Marshall Lodge, The Trossachs, near Aberfoyle

Mirrored sculptures are displayed at the David Marshall Lodge near Aberfoyle in the Trossachs near Loch Lomond, Scotland.

The life-sized 'invisible' figures have been dubbed 'the predator effect' after the 1987 film where an alien life form seamlessly blends into its surroundings.

Contemporary artist Rob Mulholland designed the series of six mirrored figures that are camouflaged amongst the Scottish woodlands.

The sculptures are shaped from silhouettes of people he knows. Mr Mulholland made the figures with mirrored stainless steel and has designed similar installations for the forest trail around Loch Ard and in Alloa.

Picture: Rob Mulholland / Rex Features

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Mistle Thrush nesting

Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) busy gathering nesting material for this season's brood.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Scottish Basking Shark

Scottish Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) with mouth wide open feeding on plankton concentrated in surface waters close to the island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland. 

Photographer Alex Mustard

I can't think of a wildlife experience to top it: the moment when Britain's biggest mouth emerges from the blue and lumbers past my camera.

Most uses of the sea involve taking what we want and dumping what we don't which is a shame as the sea is as much a part of our lives as the land.

Did you know? Nobody in the UK lives more than 75 miles from the sea.

Scottish Bottlenose Dolphins in Moray Firth

Two bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) breaching in evening light, Moray Firth, Inverness-shire, Scotland. 

Credit Photographer John MacPherson

The tension is palpable. There are around 100 people stood on the beach and an occasional fin shows above the surface and then like magic two dolphins explode from the water to a collective gasp from gathered onlookers.

Did you know? The 130-strong pod of bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth are the most northerly in the world. They are reportedly worth more than £4m to the local tourist economy.

Scottish Pine Marten

Pine marten (Martes martes) 4-5 month youngster climbing tree in Caledonian forest, The Black Isle, Inverness, Scotland. 

Photographer Terry Whittaker

These super-sized stoats are returning to Scottish forests where they haven't been seen for decades, the result of legal protection and increasing woodland cover.

Did you know? Pine martens are related to otters and stoats and eat a wide variety of food from birds to berries.