Scotland Trip – Day 7 – 18/iv/14

After no birding was done on day 6, a good day was required to make up for it and day 7 didn’t disappoint.

An early start meant that a displaying male Capercaillie was seen at distance from the Loch Garten RSPB centre – the Ospreys were also present on the nesting tree.

Next I visited an area of the highlands that I have never visited before, but unfortunately I will have to withhold the location for reasons that will become obvious. A lekking male Black Grouse was seen at distance with two females to kick things off. A number of Red Grouse were also present, and after a short while, a Short-Eared Owl flew past at close range, then landed a little way off. A few Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Lapwing and Curlew were also in the area. Arguably the best birds of the day were yet to come, as a Golden Eagle was picked up circling over the mountains at distance. Almost immediately after the bird disappeared, a White-Tailed Eagle rose above the other horizon and circled around, again at distance, for a short while. A fantastic bit of Highland birding!

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