Ptarmigan_L7A9592Ptarmigan_L7A9592After climbing in the dark to reach the Cairngorm plateau in time for sunrise all was quiet for a while. Suddenly the silence was broken by a commotion. Two male Ptarmigan were having a real go at each other. This was behaviour I had not witnessed before. It was very exciting and a privilege to watch.



I try to keep my courses flexible so that you can get the best out of them.

Let me know if you wish to concentrate on one species or tackle several species. Bear in mind that many species are becoming scarce and are protected legally. The important thing is not to disturb any species. My favourites are Crested Tit, Ptarmigan and Mountain Hare but am happy to help you with other species as well. I will guide you to places where I know the species are present. We will observe, photograph and hopefully come away having learned some more about their behaviour.

Topics may include:-

  • Planning a shoot, based on species, location, season and time of day. 
  • Best time of year for a given species or location.
  • Technical issues - ISO, exposure, aperture, shutter speed, focus.
  • Use of the histogram
  • Composition
  • Equipment

NOTE: for wildlife adventures numbers may be limited to a maximum of three people (and in some cases to only one person) to avoid disturbance.

Photographic Equipment - bring your usual camera and wildlife lenses.

If we are going for a longer walk or into the mountains then I recommend using a proper rucksack. This will provide more room for your personal clothing and food etc. A bean bag will be more useful than a tripod of this sort of trip.

A tripod is useful if we are in the forest photographing birds, or photographing dolphins at Canonry Point.

NOTE: As with landscape adventures we have the option of extending an adventure for one or more nights by backpacking to more remote locations.

See below for some examples and ideas for wildlife photography



In the forest there are numerous species we can photograph. Crested Tit is a firm favourite but other species are often present such as Tree Creepers, Coal Tits, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch and Siskind.

Crested Tit  

Crested Tit



I am fortunate to live right on the shore of the Beauty Firth by Inverness. The area generally is very good for shore birds with the Beauly Firth, the Moray Firth and the Cromarty Firth all close by. Species vary according to season. Favourites are Curlew and Oyster Catcher, and during the summer months Osprey can be seen fishing, even at times from our own garden. Herons regularly patrol the waters edge.

Although not a shore bird Red Kites have been breeding successfully in the area and are seen regularly along the shore and elsewhere on the Black Isle